Shark Tagging with Trinity Prep

A student from Trinity Prep takes fin clip

by Pat “Banana” Goebel, RJD student When I woke up on Saturday morning, I was really excited to be going shark tagging. I couldn’t wait to go on a trip with Trinity Prep as their students are always engaged and willing to help. I snagged everything I needed for the day and headed down to Miami. Little did I know I would be returning from this trip with the nickname “banana.” The team arrived at Diver’s Paradise at 8 am to load the fishing gear onto the boat. After a few sips of coffee, everyone was ready for an excellent … Continue reading

Can Recreational Fishing Exist in Urban Societies?

Recreational fishing is used as a sport and way to relax by people across the globe. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Emily Rose Nelson, RJD student Recreational fishing is defined as “fishing of aquatic animals that do not constitute the individual’s primary resource to meet basic nutritional needs are not generally sold or otherwise traded on markets,” or simply put, fishing for fun. Anywhere from 220 to 700 million people participate in recreational fishing worldwide. At least 118 million of those people are from the modern industrial world, residing in North America, Europe, and Oceania. A recent study in Fisheries Management and Ecology attempts to explain the inconsistencies in recreational fishing participation rates across industrialized countries. Arlinghaus et al. performed … Continue reading

Shark Tagging with Cadillac Fairview

Up close and personal with the eye of a blacktip shark

By Samantha Owen, RJD intern RJD had another successful day on the water last Friday.  Our enthusiastic guests from Cadillac Fairview met us at the Diver’s Paradise dock early in the morning.  After a quick safety briefing from Captain Nick and an overview of our research methods and expectations for the day by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, we set out from Crandon Marina for an exciting day of shark tagging. Due to recent successes in the area, we decided to fish just off Key Biscayne near Bill Baggs State Park.  With the help of Cadillac Fairview, we deployed our first 10 … Continue reading

Shark Tagging with Deering Estate

The Great Hammerhead. You can see how big the dorsal fin is!

by Jessie Wingar, RJD student When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I was incredibly excited to be going shark tagging. I couldn’t wait to go on a trip with a new school group from Deering Estate. I grabbed everything I needed for the day and drove to Diver’s Paradise at Crandon Marina. Little did I know this was about to be one of my most memorable days shark tagging yet. The RJ Dunlap team arrived at Diver’s Paradise around 8am to load the rest of the gear onto the boat. We were all ready for a great day of … Continue reading

Shark Tagging with Big Brothers Big Sisters

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By Beau Marsh, RJD Intern The day of March 28 proved another successful shark tagging trip.  RJD had the pleasure of spending the day on the water with the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.  The crew was especially excited because past trips with BBBS had all been a treat, and, of course, today was no different.  At the Diver’s Paradise dock, we were met with a very friendly and excited group of people.  Although, it was surprisingly chilly (by Miami’s standards), we were all aching to get out on the water, jackets and all.  We departed from Diver’s Paradise and … Continue reading

The Importance of Integrating Human Activities into Marine Protected Areas

Fishermen illegally fishing in a protected area in Southeast Brazil. Photo credit: Rafael Guedes/Marine Photobank

By Hannah Calich, RJD student The benefits of marine protected areas (MPAs) have been well documented. However, since implementing them usually involves the removal or restriction of certain human activities, their implementation is often controversial. For example, MPA regulations that limit fishing can have negative socioeconomic consequences in fishing communities, which can lead to illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing (Figure 1). To help avoid these problems managers should consider the possibility of integrating a small number of human activities into MPAs. Currently most MPA regulations focus on extractive uses, such as fishing, while overlooking non-extractive uses, such as scuba diving … Continue reading