In June 2014 delegates from all over the world flew into Durban, South Africa, for the second Sharks International conference. Over a period of five days participants presented and debated the latest findings in elasmobranch research and attended shark-focused networking events and workshops, including a photography exhibition and social media workshop hosted by the Save Our Seas Foundation.
First held four years ago in Cairns, Australia, Sharks International was initially a once-off event but is now a regular forum for the world’s leading shark and ray researchers and conservationists.
Its aim is to provide them with a platform to interact, share findings and initiate collaboration. And by that measure, Sharks International 2014 was a resounding success. In all, 270 people from 37 countries attended. Scientists from Canada’s Simon Fraser University in Burnaby travelled the furthest – more than 16,000 kilometres.
Next time the shark and ray community will be heading to Joao Passoa, Brazil, where the Brazilian Society for the Study of Elasmobranchs (SBEEL: Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo de Elasmobrânquios) will host the third Sharks International. We look forward to another memorable conference in Joao Passoa in 2018.