ELASMOBRANCH HUSBANDRY
Conservation and ethical care of sharks, skates, rays and chimeras
 

 
Conservation and Care
Our Mission
 
To advance the conservation and ethical care of sharks, skates, rays and chimeras, by improving husbandry practices, supporting research initiatives, and actively educating the community about the challenges that threaten elasmobranchs.



Who are we?

Coordinators

Mark Smith
New England Aquarium

Doug Warmolts
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Dennis Thoney
Vancouver Aquarium

Robert Hueter
Mote Marine Laboratory

Dr. Mike Murray
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Manny Ezcurra
Monterey Bay Aquarium



Editors, Husbandry Manual

Mark Smith
Doug Warmolts
Dennis Thoney
Robert Hueter



Reviewers, Husbandry Manual


Brian Armitage, Jackson Andrews, George Benz, Ilze Berzins, Greg Cailliet,  Mary Camhi, José Castro, Greg Charbeneau, Joe Choromanski, Geremy Cliff, Jerry Crow, Kevin Curlee, Jane Davis, Ray Davis, Heidi Dewar, Carol Farmer, Beth Firchau, Sonja Fordham, Sarah Fowler, Jim Gelsleichter, Suzanne Gendron, Carrie Goertz, Ken Goldman, Marty Greenwald, Joe Groff, Perry Hampton, Jay Hemdale, Alan Henningsen, Robert Hueter, Robin James, Ray Jones, Carl Luer, Holly Martel Bourbon, Tony McEwan, Steve Menzies, Pete Mohan, Henry Mollet, John Morrissey, Mike Murray, Frank Murru, Jack Musick, John O'Sullivan, Dave Powell, Paula Powell, Sarah Poynton, Alison Davidson nee Scarratt, Peter Scott, Mike Shaw, Mahmood Shivij, Mark Smith, Andy Stamper, Frank Steslow, Scott Terrell, Dennis Thoney, Gary Violetta, Gerard Visser, Mike Walsh, Hans Walters, Brent Whitaker, Rolf Williams, Marty Wisner, Reid Withrow and Ken Yates.
The Challenge
 
Elasmobranchs are handled in the field and maintained in laboratories for scientific investigation. They are maintained in aquaria for education and research. Ensuring that elasmobranchs are ethically handled and displayed is central to the Elasmobranch Husbandry initiative.

 

  
Committee1st Symposium

George Benz, Ilze Berzins, Greg Charbeneau, Joe Choromanski, Jerry Crow, Jane Davis, Ray Davis, Beth Firchau, Pat Garratt, Suzanne Gendron, Alan Henningsen, John Hewitt, Robert Hueter, Max Janse, Allan Marshall, Tony McEwan, Pete Mohan, Dave Powell, Juan Romero, Juan Sabalones, Mike Shaw, Mark Smith, Frank Steslow, Dennis Thoney, Gary Violetta, Doug Warmolts and Marty Wisner.


Sponsors1st Symposium

Chester Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Florida Aquarium, International Design for the Environment and Associates, The Living Seas, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Mote Marine Laboratory, National Aquarium in Baltimore, National Marine Aquarium, Núcleo de Pesquisa e Estudo em Chondrichthyes, Oceanário de Lisboa, Ripley Aquariums; a division of Ripley Entertainment, Inc. SeaWorld Orlando and Shark Reef Mandalay Bay.


Support, 1st Symposium

Jackson Andrews, Brian Armitage, Greg Bell, George Benz, Ilze Berzins, Kevin Bonifas, Carlos Bohorquez, Andrew Camoens, Ellen Carpenter, Jeffrey Carrier, José Castro, Greg Charbeneau, Natasha Christie, Joe Choromanski, Frederick Chua, Eugenie Clark, João Pedro Correia, Jerry Crow, Mike Crumpler, Kevin Curlee, Jane Davis, Ray Davis, Andy Dehart, Becky Ellsworth, Kevin Feldheim, Beth Firchau, Sarah Fowler, Rod Garner, Suzanne Gendron, Carrie Goertz, Manoel Mateus Bueno Gonzalez, Joe Groff, Randy Hamilton, Gary Hannon, Bobbie Headley, Kendall Heard, Silvio Heidler, Alan Henningsen, John Hewitt, Robert Hueter, Diane Hockman, Jack Jewell, Ray Jones, Heather Koldewey, Kay Kunze, David Lai, Claude Le Milinaire, Jeff Mahon, Alan Marshall, Tom Mattix, Gordon McGregor Reid, Cindy Melchiorre, Steve Miller, Pete Mohan, Frank Murru, Julie Packard, João Falcato Pereira, Nuno Pereira, Glen Pittenger, Dave Powell, Susanne Riddle, Robert Rinker, Juan Romero, John Rupp, Paul Russell, Juan Sabalones, Tom Schmid, Mike Shaw, Lee Simmons, Mafalda Sousa Pires, Jennifer Sowash, Mark Stetter, Scott Terrel, Dennis Thoney, Gary Violetta, Matt Walker, Mike Walsh, Nancy Walters, Rolf Williams, Marty Wisner, Ken Yates and Forrest Young.
The Solution
 
Facilitate a free exchange of information between scientists and practitioners who work with elasmobranchs. Capture husbandry, education and conservation information and disseminate it in a usable form via a Husbandry Manual, Symposia and a Discussion List.






Committee2nd Symposium

Joe Choromanski, Joao Correia, Jerry Crow, Andy Dehart, Manny Ezcurra, Beth Firchau, Dave Gibson, Alan Henningsen, Ginger Hopkins, Robert Hueter, Max Janse, Allan Marshall, Tony McEwan, Pete Mohan, John O'Sullivan, Patricia Palacio, Mark Smith, Dennis Thoney, Gary Violetta, Doug Warmolts


Sponsors2nd Symposium

Aquatic Environmental Systems, California Academy of Sciences, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Dallas World Aquarium, Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Dynasty Marine Associates Inc., Florida Marine Aquaculture Inc., Monterey Bay Aquarium, New England Aquarium, New York Aquarium, Oceanario de Lisboa, Ripleys Aquariums, Sea Life (Merlin Entertainments), Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Shedd Aquarium, Tenji Inc., TJP Engineering Inc., Two Oceans Aquarium, and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.