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Science, Policy and the $30,000 Fish

SoMAS Seminar; Stony Brook University
Beginning at Noon
October 09, 2009
Endeavor Hall, Room 120
Sponsored by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science.
Presentation at this event.

Sturgeons are among the most ancient, valuable and endangered fish on earth. As producers of black caviar, the unfertilized roe of sturgeons, these fishes have been exploited for centuries. Efforts to promote sustainable fisheries management and species conservation involve science, policy and consumer outreach. In this presentation, sturgeon expert and conservation geneticist Dr. Phaedra Doukakis of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University will explain the use of science to influence conservation policy, especially that set through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES is the body that regulates the international caviar trade. The presentation will explore how the results of genetic studies interface with policy efforts and reveals how much more needs to be understood to effectively manage and conserve sturgeons. Studies on phylogenetic, population structure, forensics and stock assessment will be covered.

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