The next generation of conservation research and policy priorities for threatened and exploited chondrichthyan fishes in the United States: An expert solicitation approach

David S. Shiffman, Jessica N. Elliott, Catherine C. Macdonald, Julia N. Wester, Beth A. Polidoro, Lara A. Ferry

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Abstract

Chondrichthyan fishes are ecologically and economically important, yet many are overfished or at elevated risk of extinction. Researchers report a desire to perform policy-relevant science that can generate data in support of effective conservation and management plans, but also report a lack of clarity about how to most effectively to do that. To address this gap, we created a list of research and policy priorities for chondrichthyan species of conservation concern in US waters using a modified expert solicitation horizon scan approach. Thirty-five policy-relevant research priorities and twenty-seven policy priorities are presented here, a list which can help to guide scientists and conservationists to maximize the effectiveness of their research and policy advocacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12629
JournalConservation Science and Practice
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chondrichthyan fishes
  • conservation priorities
  • fisheries marine protected areas
  • sustainable fisheries management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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