Interview OPP: PEW Shark Experts


Hugh Paxton’s Bog suggests that if you would like to interview a shark attack survivor who likes sharks or a scientist who knows everything about sharks your quest is over. Look no further! Thanks to Barb at the Pew conservation trusts! Get in touch with her, she’ll get in touch with them, get back in touch with you and then you can get in touch with them. Couldn’t be simpler! I rate this a great opportunity to learn more and, I hope, become shark conservation-motivated!



From: Barbara Cvrkel []
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 3:59 AM
Subject: Interview OPP: PEW Shark Experts

Hi, Hugh

Pew has a shark expert for you!

It’s Shark Week – at Pew it’s a week to focus on positive shark news!

Have you lined up an interview with a shark attack survivor, who is now advocating for shark protections? I can coordinate time for you to speak with survivors who understand that sharks are critical for our oceans to remain healthy! And several of Pew’s shark survivors will be featured in programs airing during Shark Week this year!

Do you know what the latest happenings are in shark science? I can coordinate time for you to speak to leading shark scientists, who are pushing forward with cutting-edge identification techniques that will help to stall and stop illegal shark fishing.

And of course, I can line up time for you to speak to advocacy experts here at The Pew Charitable Trusts. The global shark conservation project team can speak directly about:

· shark sanctuary creation – currently there are 10 sanctuaries around the world that ban commercial shark fishing, protecting 4.9 million square miles of ocean

· international policy work – September 14 marks the deadline for countries to implement the new shark protection listings that came out of CITES 2013. Pew has been coordinating international workshops for CITES Parties all over the world (Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Fiji), where CITES implementation and shark experts from around the globe assist countries in developing the tools needed to successfully implement these new CITES shark listings prior to the September deadline.

· efforts to reduce global demand of sharks and shark products – truly the only way to ensure that our oceans remain healthy – because healthy oceans need sharks!

Below is a list of experts that I can connect you to – please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email to discuss further who you would like to interview.



Barb Cvrkel




Imogen Zethoven (Washington, DC)

Director, Global Shark Conservation campaign, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Angelo Villagomez (Washington, DC)

Manager, Global Shark Conservation campaign, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Angelo O’Connor Villagomez has more than a decade of conservation experience and now heads up The Pew Charitable Trusts advocacy for the creation of shark sanctuaries. Since 2010, he has worked with governments and communities to protect sharks in American Samoa, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Chuuk, Cook Islands, Guam, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Pohnpei, and Yap. Previously, Angelo successfully led a grassroots campaign to convince former President George W. Bush to declare the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument in 2009.


Dr. Demian Chapman (New York)

Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Stony Brook University

***focused on DNA testing

Dr. Michael Heithaus (Miami)

Director School of Environment, Florida International University

Heithaus’s research is focused on understanding how predator-prey interactions structure communities with a particular focus on the role of non-consumptive predator effects ("risk effects"). Particularly interested in the role of upper trophic level marine predators in their communities and ecosystems, and how ongoing reductions in their populations are likely to impact marine communities.

Dr. Elliott A. Norse (Bellevue, Washington)

President, Marine Conservation Institute

Dr. Daniel Pauly (British Columbia, Canada)

Professor of Fisheries, Fisheries Centre

The University of British Columbia

Prof. Ellen K. Pikitch, Ph.D. (New York)

Executive Director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Stony Brook University

Ellen Pikitch is a pioneer in the realm of ocean conservation whose contributions range from basic science innovations to domestic and international policy change.

Dr. Carl Safina (New York)


Blue Ocean Institute, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Carl Safina works to show why nature and human dignity require each other. Much of his writing illuminates how the ocean is changing and what the changes mean for wildlife and people. His recent works probe the scientific, moral, and social dimensions of our relationship with the natural world. He hosts “Saving The Ocean” on PBS television.

Dr. Boris Worm (Canada)

Associate Professor, Biology Department

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Debbie Salamone (Orlando)

Mike Coots (Hawaii)

Krishna Thomson (NYC)

Scott Curatolo-Wagemann (Long Island, NY)

Chuck Anderson (Alabama)

Micki Glenn (Florida)

Mike Beach (Miami)

Kent Bonde (Miami)

Jonathan Kathrein (California)

Eric Larsen (California)

A great white pulled him off his surfboard in 1991. Larsen lost half the blood in his body and suffered cuts that required 400 stitches but is mostly recovered now.

Nicole Moore (Canada)

She was in “I Escaped Jaws,” discussing when she lost an arm when she was attacked by a shark while vacationing in Cancun in 2011. She works as a nurse but also does motivational speaking.

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