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Aquatic Animals

Improving and sustaining aquatic ecosystem health, targeting environmentally and economically important issues in bony fish and sharks

Our scientists undertake research and student training, perform diagnostics, and provide rapid response pathology services to improve and sustain aquatic ecosystem health – targeting environmentally and economically important issues in fish health in particular. Our research efforts also include a focus on global shark exploitation through the fin trade. Our genetics research provides important actionable information for the management of threatened species of large-bodied sharks by delineating population-specific genetic markers that can be used to forensically track the origins of fins found in trade, and by identifying those genetically distinct shark populations of highest vulnerability – to help prioritize protection efforts.