Shark movement patterns in the Mexican Pacific: A conservation and management perspective

James T. Ketchum, Mauricio Hoyos-Padilla, Alejandro Aldana-Moreno, Kathryn Ayres, Felipe Galván-Magaña, Alex Hearn, Frida Lara-Lizardi, Gador Muntaner-López, Miquel Grau, Abel Trejo-Ramírez, Darren A. Whitehead, A. Peter Klimley

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Marine animal tracking has become one of the major tools used to understand the behavior and ecology of a multitude of species in the ocean, thus there is an increasing body of knowledge about this subject worldwide, particularly for sharks. Nevertheless, little was known of the movement patterns of shark in the Mexican Pacific (MXP) and Gulf of California (GOC), except for the pioneering work carried out in the 1980s on the movements of scalloped hammerhead sharks in El Bajo Espiritu Santo and other islands in the region, as well as ongoing studies on white shark movements, migratory patterns and behavior off Isla Guadalupe. Here we present an overview of previous studies on the movements of sharks, as well as a comprehensive description of new studies currently being carried out by our research group at Pelagios Kakunjá on several species of sharks in the MXP. We show how information gleaned from these studies can be put to use to guide sustainable exploitation policies and promote effective conservation practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Marine Biology
EditorsDayv Lowry, Shawn E. Larson
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages37
ISBN (Print)9780128221990
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Marine Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2881
ISSN (Electronic)2162-5875


  • Fisheries
  • Marine conservation
  • Movement ecology
  • Telemetry
  • Top predators


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