Operational Planning for Shark Biological Data Improvement

Chin A, Simpfendorfer C (2019) Operational Planning for Shark Biological Data Improvement. In: WCPFC Scientific Committee 15th Regular Session. WCPFC-SC15-2019/EB-IP-04, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

...This study collated and reviewed new information available on the biology of key shark species since the 2015 Pacific Shark Life History Expert Panel workshop, and then applied an integrative process to identify specific data gaps and uncertainties, and prioritise potential studies according to conservation contexts, species and fisheries status, and previously identified management needs. This process was designed to develop and prioritise a ‘Long List’ of biological research studies that would address key information needs. Seven expert reviewers in shark and ray life history, movement and migration, and fisheries assessments in the WCPO were consulted to collect input on potential projects and to prioritize options and opportunities. The process and reviewers’ comments were used do revise and refine the Long List into a set of projects that would be practical, feasible, and have the greatest impact in reducing uncertainties and supporting the future management of sharks and rays in WCPO fisheries. The process identified nine potential studies to be considered for addressing key knowledge gaps and informing management of key sharks species in the WCPO.