Shark Night in Groningen

Around 30 people gathered at the University of Groningen to find out more about the threats to sharks and possibilities for their conservation.

The evening was hosted by Calamari, the student association of Groningen University’s marine biology faculty. Irene Kingma and Paddy Walker were invited to talk about their work for Coral Reef Care and the Waddenvereniging / Seas at Risk respectively. They also outlined the European Commission’s Plan of Action for Sharks and other plans for shark protection in Europe.

The main feature of the evening was Rob Stewart’s film, ‘Sharkwater’. This film emphasised the point expressed by Walker and Kingma that if no action is taken now, we could lose sharks in the oceans forever.

After the film the students had a chance to question the experts, leading to a lively discussion on the pros and cons of different shark conservation techniques.

The evening concluded with a wonderful presentation by Master’s student, Sander van Dijk on his research into social learning in lemon sharks.

Shark Night in Groningen

Ongeveer 30 mensen hebben donderdag een thema-avond op de universiteit van Groningen over haaien, hun bedreigingen en manieren waarop wij ze kunnen beschermen bijgewoond. De avond werd georganiseerd door Calamari, de studie vereniging van de faculteit marine biologie. Irene Kingma (Coral Reef Care) en Paddy Walker (Waddenvereniging / Seas at Risk) waren uitgenodigd om te komen vertellen over hun werk bij Nederlandse NGOs en uitleg te geven over het haaien actieplan van de EU.

Het belangrijkste onderdeel van de avond was de vertoning van de film Shark Water van Rob Steward. Deze film benadrukt nogmaals de kwestie, eerder aan de rode gebracht door Kingma en Walker, dat als we niet snel actie ondernemen we het risico lopen dat alle haaien uit de oceanen zullen verdwijnen.

Na de film kregen de studenten de kans om vragen te stellen aan de experts, dit werd een levendige discussie over de voors en tegens van verschillende beschermingsstrategieën. De avond werd afgesloten met een boeiende presentatie van door Sander van Dijk voer zijn masteronderzoek naar sociaal leergedrag in citroen haaien.

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