EEA Conference 7-9/11/2014

One of the founders of Scubography, Simon Hilbourne, recently attended the European Elasmobranch Association Conference in Leeuwarden in The Netherlands. This was his first scientific conference and we was there presenting the preliminary findings of this master’s dissertation titled ‘Atmospheric and oceanographic influences on Whale Shark seasonality in the Bay of La Paz, Mexico’.

The conference was hosted by the Dutch Elasmobranch Society and saw research from around Europe as well as further afield, marine management and conservation groups and representatives from angler associations in The Netherlands. The result of break out groups during the conference is likely to lead to better collaboration of Elasmobranch catch information and sightings records between European nations. This will hopefully improve knowledge of the distribution of shark and ray species, particularly endangered ones, around European waters.