Report on the American Elasmobranch Society Global Wedgefish & Guitarfish Symposium 2021

David A. Ebert (Editor), Paula Carlson (Editor), Rachel M Aitchison (Editor), Bryan L Huerta-Beltran (Editor), Peter M. Kyne (Editor)

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Abstract

Cartilaginous fishes of the Order Rhinopristiformes (‘rhino rays’) represent one of the most threatened groups of animals in the world. The majority of species (72%) are considered threatened with extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The inaugural American Elasmobranch Society (AES) Global Wedgefish and Guitarfish Symposium brought together a series of presentations focusing on the non-sawfish
rhino rays (i.e., wedgefishes, guitarfishes, giant guitarfishes, banjo rays).

The symposium was held virtually over two days in November 2021 and comprised 27 presentations on research, conservation, and management of these fishes. Presenters came from 18 countries spread around the world, providing a truly global symposium. This report provides an abstract for each symposium presentation.

The Symposium had 280 people registered from 37 countries, with 78 being current AES members and 202 non-AES members. The 10 countries with the most registered people were the United States (84), Australia (31), Brazil (24), Peru (12), United Kingdom (12), South Africa (11), India (9), Thailand (8), Singapore (7), and Sri Lanka (7).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSan Jose, USA
PublisherMoss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University
Number of pages35
Edition1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

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