Aversive responses of captive sandbar sharks Carcharhinus plumbeus to strong magnetic fields

A. Siegenthaler*, P.R.W. Niemantsverdriet, M. Laterveer, I.M.A. Heitkönig

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Abstract

This experimental study focused on the possible deterrent effect of permanent magnets on adult sandbar sharks Carcharhinus plumbeus. Results showed that the presence of a magnetic field significantly reduced the number of approaches of conditioned C. plumbeus towards a target indicating that adult C. plumbeus can be deterred by strong magnetic fields. These data, therefore, confirm that the use of magnetic devices to reduce shark by-catch is a promising avenue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1603-1611
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Behaviour
  • By-catch
  • Elasmobranch
  • Fisheries
  • Magnetoreception
  • Permanent magnet

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