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  1. May 20 2017

    International Association for Aquatic Animal medicine 48th Annual Meeting & Conference

    The IAAAM is an organization of individuals who are professionally interested in and devote a significant amount of time to the practice of aquatic animal medicine, teaching and research in...

  2. Unifying ecological and social sciences into a management framework for wildlife-based tourism: a case study of feeding stingrays as a marine tourism attraction in the Cayman Islands

    Contributor(s):: Christina A.D. Semeniuk

    As marine wildlife tourism attractions increase in popularity, the integration of natural and social sciences is required to ascertain and then assimilate strategies to effectively address the undesirable ecological and social conditions of the wildlife tourism setting. The overarching objective...

  3. Why we should not keep dolphins in aquariums: Taison Chang at TEDxXiguan

    Contributor(s):: Taison Chang

    Most people see the first dolphin in their lives at aquariums. Taison did too, and the love he felt towards this particular animal drove him into a position at Hong Kong Ocean Park many years later. Instead of feeling happy to be able to see and work with his favourite animals every day, he...

  4. Human dolphin interactions on the west coast of Florida : documentation from MML's Marine Mammal Response Program.

    Contributor(s):: Margaret A. Morgan, Geoffrey W. Patton

    Use of Mote's role as a participant in the operation of the U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network to document human and marine mammal interactions.

  5. Science, policy, and the public discourse of shark "attacks": a proposal for reclassifying human-shark interactions.

    Contributor(s):: Christopher Neff, Robert E. Hueter

    There are few phrases in the Western world that evoke as much emotion or as powerful an image as the words “shark” and “attack.” However, not all “shark attacks” are created equal. Under current labels, listings of shark attack may even include instances where...

  6. Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama

    Contributor(s):: Ashley Sitar

    Due to concerns of unsustainable dolphin watching tourism in Bocas del Toro, and the increase in dolphin mortality in Bocas due to dolphin watching boat collisions research was conducted in the summer of 2013, to evaluate the severity of the situation, and to assess the tourists and boat...

  7. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior towards Sharks and Shark Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Jason O'Bryhim

    Many species of shark are in danger of overexploitation and could possibly be facing  extinction. Sharks have been around for over 400 million years but recent declines that  threaten their existence can be traced back to the current consumptive uses brought on by  humans. If...

  8. An underwater wearable computer for two way human-dolphin communication experimentation

    Contributor(s):: Daniel Kohlsdorf, Scott Gilliland, Peter Presti, Thad Starner, Denise Herzing

    Research in dolphin cognition and communication in the wild is still a challenging task for marine biologists. Most problems arise from the uncontrolled nature of field studies and the challenges of building suitable underwater research equipment. We present a novel underwater wearable computer...

  9. Examining specific aspects of human-dolphin interactions in a "swim-with-dolphins" program.

    Contributor(s):: Jennifer Lee O'Loughlin

    Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are actively receptive towards humans, and it has been suggested that they are one of the only known wild animals that will seek out human contact (Smith, 1987). The swim-with-dolphins program at Dolphins Plus Research Center allows authorized paying customers the...

  10. Sociocultural aspects of attitudes toward marine animals: a focus group analysis

    Contributor(s):: Unna Lassiter, Jennifer R. Wolch

    In geographic research of the past decade, the understanding  of nature-society relations has broadened to include  ideas about our relationship with and attitudes toward  animals. In this study, we explore the relationship between  attitudes toward marine animals and...

  11. Save the Sharks? How Negative Perceptions of Sharks Hinders Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Stephanie Reifenberg

    Sharks constitute the largest predatory fish in the ocean, with no natural marine predators of their own. Yet one visitor species to the ocean realm does significantly predate on sharks: humans. While the overexploitation of oceanic fish and marine mammals is widely recognized, the drastic...

  12. Why sink a ship in Mexico?: Juan Pablo Ussel at TEDxTijuana

    Contributor(s):: Juan Pablo Ussel

    The ship Uribe 121, sunk last year on the beaches of Rosarito, has become an artificial reef that houses various animal species that have adopted it as their home, while also serving as a space for marine life research . However, a unique and innovative project like this in the State, implies...

  13. Conservation, Captivity, and Whaling: A Survey of Belize Whalewatching Tourists' Attitudes to Cetacean Conservation Issues

    Contributor(s):: Katheryn W. Patterson

    With whalewatching activities and associated expenditures increasing annually,  governments in coastal countries possess a large vested interest in the continued growth  and protection of whale populations and the associated tourism. In 2007 and 2008, a  survey investigating...

  14. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions Towards Dolphins and Dolphin Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Whitney Denham

    In 2015, an online survey was conducted to investigate public attitudes toward key  cetacean (whale, dolphin, and porpoise) conservation and 'hot topic' issues such as  legislative protection, whaling, and captivity (n=858). Importance of the use of social  media by...

  15. Selling Conservation? The Role of Volunteer Tourism in Supporting Marine Conservation in Southern Belize

    Contributor(s):: Kathleen Georgia Brander

    Volunteer tourism is a rapidly expanding sector advertised as an alternative to conventional tourism and as a way for tourists to contribute to conservation science. This thesis examines a volunteer tourism organization in southern Belize called ReefCI and investigates how multiple stakeholders...

  16. Understanding Visitor Motivations for Attending Fee-based Animal Encounter Programs

    Contributor(s):: Sandra Huynh

    Education programs at zoos and aquariums provide opportunities for visitors to learn and garner information on animal natural history and, hopefully, conservation messaging. Fee-based programs (programs with an additional fee on top of admission prices), which are commonly employed by zoos and...

  17. Bridging troubled waters: zooarchaeology and marine conservation on Burrard Inlet, southwest British Columbia

    Contributor(s):: Nova Pierson

    For thousands of years, the Coast Salish and their ancestors relied on the abundant marine resources of the Strait of Georgia. In the Greater Vancouver area, First Nations and others are working to restore and conserve taxa which are impacted by commercial fishing, pollution, and habitat...

  18. The ocean is the best friend, we don't know | Alistair Dove | TEDxPeachtree

    Contributor(s):: Alistair Dove

    Marine biologist Alistair Dove thinks a better understanding of the ocean and the animals in it will be vital to sustaining the quality of life on this planet and in this talk, he provides compelling reasons why. Dr. Alistair Dove is an Australian marine biologist living in the United...

  19. Engaging professional mariners in marine mammal conservation

    Contributor(s):: Leah Irene Thorpe

    Due to British Columbia‟s expansive coastline and limited funding for marine mammal conservation, research projects rely heavily on citizen scientists, or volunteers who contribute data. Professional mariners are an important target audience for such projects. In an attempt to increase...

  20. May 21 2016

    AQUAVET® 40th Anniversary Seminar

    Special seminar and dinner for our 40th anniversary of aquatic veterinary medicine education held in connection with the IAAAM annual conference.