The lead author, Alissa Barnes, measuring a shark

Demographics and length and weight relationships of commercially important sharks along the north‐western coast of India

Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems

I was fortunate enough to become involved in this collaboration through Dipani Sutaria, a good friend from the early days of my PhD in Townsville. The paper was an analysis of biological data collected from extensive market sampling done by Alissa and Dipani. I assisted in parts of the stastical analysis and write up. Although their paper described baseline life-history, the most striking thing from my perspective was the species composition from their sampling which suggests the shark fauna in the region appears to be limited to a handful of small, fast-growing species. This is in contrast to historical references that suggest a much greater species diversity in the region.