"Sharks, rays and sawfish of the Gulf: a natural history" - Dr Alec Moore
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On Tuesday 18th November, at 7.00 pm, Qatar Natural History Group (QNHG) will host a talk at Sherborne Prep and Senior School. New members are welcome to join. QNHG. Membership facilitates participation in archaeological and geological field trips. Further details of the talk and a map of the venue can be found in the Monthly Talks section on www.qnhg.org
Sharks and their relatives, the rays and sawfishes, are vital components of marine ecosystems, yet many species are threatened with extinction. Until recently, very little was known about these fishes in the Gulf, This talk will touch on a wide range of subjects of this fascinating group, and highlight what work is needed to help better understand and conserve them. **NB Please bring any old photos you might have of sharks, rays, guitarfish or sawfish, which will be of huge interest to Alec!**"
Dr Alec Moore is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group based in the UK who works on the diversity, fisheries and conservation of elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and sawfishes) in the Arabian region. He recently completed his PhD based on surveys of fish markets in Qatar, Kuwait, and the UAE, which have resulted in exciting finds such as the 'rediscovery' of a rare shark species and the discovery of a new stingray species. Obsessed since an early age, Alec has worked with elasmobranchs all over the world including biological sampling of rays on board Korean trawlers in the South Atlantic, tagging sharks and sawfish in the Florida Everglades, surveying sharks in the North Sea, and being bitten by a (very small) shark off northern Australia.