Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Science & Environmental Policy
The shark industry is a profitable avenue of trade. Due to an increased demand for shark products and general indifference by the public, shark populations are at great risk. Slow reproductive rates and several damaging myths are compounding the problem. In the past species such as Galeorhinus galeus (Basking shark) have become depleted resources in areas that one experienced productive catches. In order to keep this from happening to Triaskis semifasciata (Leopard shark) the public must be educated about the necessity of sharks within ocean ecosystems. Education has proven to increase knowledge of target groups and effectively change the actions of that group. An educational supplement was created and tested on 4th-6th grade students. Knowledge within the group increased as a result of its application.
Davis, Chanté, "Saving the sharks : using education to promote awareness of Triaskis [i.e. Triakis] semifasciata (leopard shark) in Elkhorn Slough" (2001). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 118.