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Does size matter in truly protecting large species such as sea-turtles, whales, and sharks?
Size Matters: Do Marine Protected Areas Protect Marine Megafauna?
Speaker: David McGuire, Director of Shark Stewards, and Research Associate for the California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, September 21, 2023
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
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About the Topic
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are intended to conserve critical marine habitat, localized flora and fauna, and large species such as sea-turtles, whales, and sharks. However, most MPAs, like the California Network of Marine Protected Areas, are relatively small and do not encompass the area to protect highly migratory species from fisheries.
However, in recent years large MPAs are being added to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals, some covering more than 1 million square kilometers, yet some scientists are questioning how well these areas safeguard ocean megafauna with large geographic ranges.
About the Speaker
David is the Founder and Director of the shark and marine conservation nonprofit “Shark Stewards”. A marine biologist, David is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences where he conducts shark studies and media production from California to China. Shark Stewards introduced the first North American shark fin trade ban in California and led several states and international movements limiting the overfishing of sharks and the shark fin trade. Shark Stewards actively partners with NOAA in our National Marine Sanctuaries and the Ocean Protection Council in our California marine protected areas, where he is Co-chair of a California MPA collaborative committee. Shark Stewards is also helping study, establish and monitor new dive tourism and community supported marine protected areas in Mexico and Indoensia.
A documentary filmmaker, David received an Emmy for Field Production and Camera on the documentary “Reefs to Rainforests” on the Biodiversity Expedition in the Philippines with the California Academy of Sciences, and has numerous awards for his conservation documentaries. Since 2007 he has been involved with the International Ocean Film Festival as a contributor, screener, and programmer, and hosts the popular shark program. He is a National Geographic Explorer with an adventure column and has written and contributed to numerous publications and books, including publishing a new shark science book for youth: Sharks for Kids. He is a popular public speaker on sharks and the ocean, is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.
- “Mismatches in scale between highly mobile marine megafauna and marine protected areas,” Frontiers in Marine Science, Sec. Marine Conservation and Sustainability, Volume 9, 2022.
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