Thrill of the Catch

Project Collaborators:

Jarrett Corke (MREM, Dalhousie University)

Brendal Davis (MMM, Dalhousie University)

Aurelie Godin (PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University)

Type of Project:

Short Documentary

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For which Shark Species:

Species caught in the recreational shark fishery. This includes Blue, Porbeagle, Shortfin Mako and Thresher Sharks.

Project Description:

The Atlantic Maritime region is not a major game fishing hub compared to its southern neighbour, Florida, USA. Nonetheless, shark derby tournaments in Nova Scotia have grown in popularity since their beginnings in 1993, yet few people are aware of these events.

Due to the growing concern for the decline in shark populations, the number of catch-and-release shark tournaments is increasing and moving towards incorporating scientific tagging programs in support of shark conservation and management. The impact of shark derbies in Atlantic Canada is not a conservation issue and nearly all of the sharks landed are blue sharks, a species that is not threatened with extinction. In addition, the shark derbies are believed to have many significant socio-economic and educational values for the small coastal communities where they occur. Although catch-and-release tournaments are seen as promoting the long-term sustainability of recreational fishing, the tournaments in Nova Scotia remain catch-and-kill.

The goal of our short film is to assess these values and weight their benefits towards both Nova Scotia coastal communities and shark conservation in Atlantic Canada. Public perceptions are crucial, particularly in an increasingly media-saturated world. We want to portrait all the different opinions with a focus on community members and people involved in shark conservation and management.

Contact Information:

Jarrett Corke
Master of Resource and Environmental Management
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
tel: (902) 880-5183

Brendal Davis
Master of Marine Managment
Marine Affairs
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
tel: (902)- 579-8155

Aurelie C. Godin
Ph.D. Candidate
Dalhousie University
Biology Department
Halifax, Nova Scotia
tel: (902) 412-3404

Special Thanks:

We would sincerly like to thank all of the organizers and fishermen that have allowed us to take part in their shark derby. In addition, we would also like to thank all of our contributors.

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