Author Archives: Ret Talbot

About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.

The Big Reboot!

Dear Readers, It’s been almost a year since I last published on The Good Catch Blog. There are lots of reasons for that, but at the moment, they are relatively unimportant. What is important is that in a year of … Continue reading

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USGS Confirms 36th Non-Native Marine Fish Species Found in Florida

Today the the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced a West Pacific Ocean fish species commonly known as the blotched foxface rabbitfish (Siganus unimaculatus) was successfully captured off Dania Beach, Florida.  According to the USGS, this is the first record of the species … Continue reading

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CITES Adopted Draft Decisions on Banggai Cardinalfish – A New Chapter?

Over the past several days, I have been reporting on the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). My focus has been primarily on the marine … Continue reading

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CITES CoP17 Marine Species Scorecard

For the last several days, I’ve been covering the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). While all the proceedings are important–this is arguably one of the … Continue reading

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EU Withdraws Proposal to Include the Banggai Cardinalfish on CITES Appendix II

The European Union withdrew its proposal near the end of the day today to include the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The withdrawal came … Continue reading

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Proposal to List Thresher Sharks under CITES Adopted in Committee

A proposal (CoP17 Prop. 43) to list the genus Alopias, commonly known as the thresher sharks, under CITES Appendix II was adopted today in committee at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES. The Committee’s decision must … Continue reading

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Proposal to List Silky Shark under CITES Adopted

At the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES, the proposal (CoP17 Prop. 42) to include the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) in Appendix II was adopted in committee. The Committee’s decision must be confirmed in the CoP17 … Continue reading

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