Programme

The below programme is provisional and subject to change. The final programme will be made available closer to the Symposium dates.

Note that Keynote speaker presentations are 45min and other oral presentations are 15min in duration

Monday 7 October 2019

Time Event Presenter
8.00 Registration All
8.00 Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour Booking needed
9.30 Welcome Nathalie Viljoen
9.45 KEYNOTE: Securing the future of sharks in the blue economy: the importance of collaboration. Alison Kock
THEME: Conservation and telemetry Maryke Musson
10.40 Talk 1: Fear at the Top: Killer whale predation on white sharks induces emigration and a shift in mesopredator composition in a South African embayment. Alison Towner
10.55 Talk 2: Refuges and risks for tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in South Africa’s new Marine Protected Area seascape. Ryan Daly
11.10 Talk 3: The protection of chondrichthyan biodiversity in an expanding South African ocean economy. Meaghen McCord
11.25 TEA
11.50 Talk 4: “Emerging Technologies in Acoustic Telemetry: enabling sustainable use of our ocean ecosystem with Real-Time Data” Silvana Germana
12.05 Talk 5: Using local ecological knowledge to describe the historical distribution and current status of sawfishes (Pristidae) in Madagascar. Ruth Leeney
12.20 Talk 6: A comparative study of spatiotemporal behavior among two oceanic pelagic predators, Isurus oxyrinchus and Prionace glauca, off South Africa. Ola Lundemo
12.35 Talk 7: Emerging movement patterns of data-limited stingray species. Taryn Murray
12.50 LUNCH
THEME: Biology / Physiology Alison Towner
13.15 Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour Booking needed
14.00 Talk 8: Surgical implantation of acoustic transmitters and the physiological response to capture and tagging in a large Batoid elasmobranch Dipturus intermedius (flapper skate) off the West coast of Scotland. Georgina Cole
14.15 Talk 9: Wound healing in Pyjama shy sharks (Poroderma africanum) post-surgery for sham Vemco tagging at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Brandon Spolander
14.30 Talk 10: Transformation of the uterus in non-gravid and gravid C. taurus (Ragged-tooth) females along the east coast of South Africa. Kristina Naidoo
14.45 Talk 11: Behavioural functions of cephalic fins in a population of reef manta rays, Mobula alfredi, in Závora, Mozambique
Michelle Carpenter
15.00 Talk 12: Conservation of ancient relationships – elasmobranchs and parasites.
Bjoern Schaeffer
15.15 TEA
THEME: Fisheries Alison Kock
15.40 Talk 13: An overview of Namibian pelagic longline fishery for shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) in the southeast Atlantic Ocean. Charmaine Jagger
15.55 Talk 14: Can the IUCN Red List status of sharks be determined objectively? Henning Winker
16.10 Talk 15: Ecology, biology, socio-economic and supply chain characterization of elasmobranch fisheries in Ghana’s west coast. Issah Seidu
16.25 Talk 16: Update and review of the NPOA for Sharks South Africa. Charlene De Silva
16.40 Talk 17: Video monitoring in the South African demersal trawl industry and its use in monitoring elasmobranch communities commonly caught as bycatch Michelle Lee
17.00 Housekeeping Nathalie Viljoen
17.10 POSTER SESSION Skretting Diversity Hall
19.00 WELCOMING EVENT Predator Exhibit

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Time Event Presenter
8.00 Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour Booking needed
9.00 Announcements Nathalie Viljoen
9.15 KEYNOTE: Heading into deep water: Elasmobranch fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean, and the need for science-based conservation. Rhett Bennet, Dave Van Beuningen Michael Markovina
THEME: Conservation & Telemetry Paul Cowley
10.00 Talk 1: Enrico Gennari
10.15 Talk 2: Pilot survey of an aggregation of endangered Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks at Protea Banks on the east coast of South Africa. Summer Newton
10.30 Talk 3: The great white shark count: estimating the abundance of the white shark in southern Africa with a model integrating several long-term datasets – preliminary results Dylan Irion
10.45 Talk 4: Creatures of habit: Multi-seasonal residency patterns of an apex predatory shark (Carcharhinus leucas) Ryan Daly
11.00 TEA
THEME: Sharks & Humans Sarah Warries
11.30 Talk 5: The curious incidents of shark-human interactions: a historical analysis and current day survey on shark-human interactions and perceptions. Maryke Musson
11.45 Talk 6: Presentation of innovative solutions tested in Reunion Island towards the shark risk management. Michael Hoarau
12.00 Talk 7: “Attitudes and behaviour towards shark conservation among scuba divers” Flippo Bargnesi
12.15 Talk 8: Shark Spotters: successfully reducing spatial overlap between white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and recreational water users in False Bay, South Africa. Tamlyn Engelbrecht
12.30 Talk 9: The preventive shark control program of Reunion Island. David Guyomard
12.45 LUNCH
13.00 Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour Booking needed
THEME: Sharks & Humans Enrico Gennari
13.50 Talk 10: Public perception and monetary values of the shark nets towards beach tourism at the Durban beaches. Zodidi Gwayise
14.05 Talk 11: Trophic ecology of tiger and bull sharks Island and shark risk management in Reunion. Sebastian Jaquemet
14.20 Talk 12: Catch trends of whitespotted wedgefish Rhynchobatus djiddensis, caught in the KwaZulu-Natal bather protection programme. Amanda Khuzwayo
14.35 Talk 13: Spatial protections designed for charismatic species must consider habitat to benefit chondrichthyan biodiversity. Meaghen McCord
14.50 Talk 14: Automated Shark Spotting: exploring the development of a low-cost computer-vision based shark detection system for fixed cameras. Sarah Warries
15.10 TEA
THEME: Genetics & Identification Meaghen McCord
15.50 Talk 15: Shark Spotters: successfully reducing spatial overlap between white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and recreational water users in False Bay, South Africa. Tamaryn Asbury
16.05 Talk 16: Investigating reproductive philopatry in a coastal shark by integration of genetic and tag-recapture data. Juliana Klein
16.20 Talk 17: Species identification of threatened wedgefish (Rhinidae: Rhynchobatus) in the western Indian Ocean. Katie Gledhill
16.35 Talk 18: Species delineation among two southern African endemic sandsharks, Acroteriobatus annulatus and Acroteriobatus blochii. Michaela Van Staden
16.50 Talk 19: Did Nicole get lost? Population connectivity between white sharks from South Africa and Australia. Sara Andreotti
17.05 Housekeeping … Nathalie Viljoen
19.00 PUBLIC EVENT I & J Oceans Exhibit

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Time Event Presenter
8.00 Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour Booking needed
9.00 Announcements Nathalie Viljoen
9.15 WORKSHOP 1: Katie Gledhill
10.45 TEA
11.30 WORKSHOP 2: Presentations skills – all HeavyChef
12.30 LUNCH
13.00 Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour Booking needed
13.30 Presentations skills – students only HeavyChef
15.00 Housekeeping … Nathalie Viljoen
19.00 GALA DINNER I&J Oceans Exhibit

Poster Presentations – 7 October

Poster presentations will take place on Monday October at 17h00 in the Two Oceans Aquarium’s Skretting Diversity Gallery.

Poster 1 A comparison of spermatogenic stages of mature male Scalloped hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini) from Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa with other staged sharks. Helene Coetzee
Poster 2 Marine plastic pollution:  a review of plastic debris found in sharks caught from the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Protection Programme. Tsepo Mmambo
Poster 3 An assessment of sharks and rays in Zavora, Mozambique: Evaluating distribution patterns and conservation needs. Nakia Cullain
Poster 4 Evidence of Závora Bay as a critical site for manta rays in Mozambique. Michelle Carpenter
Poster 5 The Demersal Shark longline Fishery commercial catch and effort data. Melissa Meyer
Poster 6 Comparing the spatial arrangements of ampullae of Lorenzini on several species of South African elasmobranchs. Natasha Pindral
Poster 7 “Ecoinformatic and citizen science to boost shark research in South Africa” Fillipo Bargnesi
Poster 8 Accessing conservation status and developing awareness of sharks and rays in North Mozambique. Joao Macuio
Poster 9 Video monitoring in the South African demersal trawl industry and its use in monitoring elasmobranch communities commonly caught as bycatch. Michelle Lee
Poster 10 Evidence for interspecific hybridisation: a cause for concern for the southern African endemic catshark genus Haploblepharus. Michaela Van Staden
Poster11 Conversion factors for dressed to total lengths and weights for smooth-hound shark, Mustelus mustelus and soupfin shark, Galeorhinus galeus, within South African waters. Yolanda De La Cruz
Poster 12 Conservation of ancient relationships – elasmobranchs and parasites. Bjoern Schaeffner
Poster 13   Jennifer Keeping