Meaghen McCord

Meaghen McCord
Parks Canada

MSc

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Introduction
My current position leads Parks Canada’s participation in the Salish Sea Initiative, working collaboratively to respond to cumulative effects and to facilitate the participation of Indigenous groups in the stewardship of the Salish Sea. I also support the management of marine files for the Executive Director (BC/Yukon Region) to further Parks Canada’s strategic goals along the Pacific Coast.
Additional affiliations
June 2007 - present
South African Shark Conservancy
Position
  • Founding Director/Research Manager
Description
  • An NGO focused on developing sustainable resource use practices, with a focus on ecological monitoring, shark fisheries, and ecosystem connectivity.
Education
January 2003 - April 2005
Rhodes University
Field of study
  • Fisheries Science
September 1998 - April 2002
Dalhousie University
Field of study
  • Marine Biology

Publications

Publications (29)
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• Haploblepharus is an understudied genus comprising four recognized scyliorhinid species that are endemic to southern Africa. Species identification within this group has historically been problematic due to a high degree of morphological conservatism among congeners, further complicated by the possibility of interspecific hybridization. • This st...
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The southwest Indian Ocean (SWIO) is a hotspot of endemic and evolutionarily distinct sharks and rays. We summarise the extinction risk of the sharks and rays endemic to coastal, shelf, and slope waters of the SWIO and adjacent waters (Namibia to Kenya, including SWIO islands). Thirteen of 70 species (19%) are threatened: one is Critically Endanger...
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The European green crab (Carcinus maenas), native to northwestern Europe and Africa, is among the top 100 most damaging invasive species globally. In some regions, including the Atlantic coast of North America, C. maenas has caused long-term degradation of eelgrass habitats and bivalve, crab, and finfish populations, while areas are near the beginn...
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The southwest Indian Ocean (SWIO) is a hotspot of endemic and evolutionarily distinct sharks and rays. We summarise the extinction risk of the sharks and rays endemic to coastal, shelf, and slope waters of the SWIO and adjacent waters (Namibia to Kenya, including SWIO islands). Thirteen of 70 species (19%) are threatened: one is Critically Endanger...
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Red list assessment of Dasyatis chrysonata
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Conservation surrogates, such as umbrella and flagship species, could help focus South Africa’s limited resources for research and management and enhance the conservation gains from marine protected areas (MPAs). Sharks, rays and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes), which are charismatic and ecologically diverse, are potential umbrella candidates, but tests...
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Threatened chondrichthyan diversity is high in developing countries where scarce resources, limited data, and minimal stakeholder support often render conservation efforts challenging. As such, data on many species, including many evolutionarily distinct endemics, is poor in these countries and their conservation status and habitat needs remain unc...
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Catch-and-release (C&R) is increasingly popular in recreational fisheries as it is thought to protect target species while still allowing anglers to continue recreational fishing activities. Several studies have highlighted high rates of mortality and many sub-lethal effects which ultimately have a negative impact on fish population viability. With...
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The tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus Linnaeus, 1758) is a temperate, coastal hound shark found in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans. In this study, the population structure of Galeorhinus galeus was determined across the entire Southern Hemisphere, where the species is heavily targeted by commercial fisheries, as well as locally, along the South A...
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Regional and local sampling populations, collection site, sample numbers (N) and sampling year. (DOCX)
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L (K) distributions using the “log probability of data” (Mean of LnP±1) approach prior to application of Evanno method (above) and Delta K analysis of the true number of clusters following the Evanno method (below) across the Southern Hemisphere (left) and across South African (right). (DOCX)
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L (K) distributions using the “log probability of data” (Mean of LnP±1) approach prior to application of Evanno method (above) and Delta K analysis of the true number of clusters following the Evanno method (below) for the two main genetic clusters Group 1 (left) and Group 2 (right) identified using STRUCTURE. (DOCX)
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Plots of the isolation-by-distance (IBD) analysis of the South African sampling populations showing regression linearized FST and geographic distance (R2 = 0.238, P = 0.1478). (DOCX)
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Individual cluster membership of the Southern Hemisphere samples following hierarchical structure performed on the two main genetic clusters (Group 1 and Group 2) identified using STRUCTURE. (TIF)
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Chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras) are captured in many marine fisheries. Management and research efforts directed at chondrichthyan fishing are often neglected because of low product value, taxonomic uncertainty, low capture rates, and harvesting by multiple fisheries. In South Africa's diverse fishery sectors, which include arti...
Conference Paper
The Breede River estuary is a permanently open warm-temperate system located on the southwest coast of South Africa. It provides essential habitat for three recreationally important fish species – dusky kob (Argyrosomus japonicus), spotted grunter (Pomadasys commersonnii) and Zambezi shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Since 2009, five sharks and 11 spott...
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South Africa is a nation largely defined by the characteristics of its oceans. The confluence of two great currents, the cold Benguela Current on the west coast and the warm Agulhas Current on the east coast, contributes to the high levels of marine biodiversity and species endemicity found within the region. Boasting a coastline that stretches ove...
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The Zambezi or bull shark Carcharhinus leucas is a large, predatory shark that occurs in warm-temperate, tropical and subtropical coastal and estuarine systems worldwide. To confirm reports of Zambezi sharks in the Breede Estuary on the south-west coast of South Africa, a survey was undertaken during 20-26 January 2009. On 24 January, a large femal...
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A quantitative analysis of the stomach contents of blue sharks (Prionace glauca) caught in recreational shark fishing tournaments in Nova Scotia, Canada tested for dietary differences based on sex, maturity and tournament location across 3 sampling years (1999-2001). Of 706 sharks examined, 303 stomachs (43%) were everted, 131 (19%) were empty, 231...
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Thesis (M.Sc. (Ichthyology & Fisheries )) - Rhodes University, 2005.

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Assessment of ecosystem health and anthropogenic impacts using frequent species of cartilaginous fishes and their parasites as model organisms to establish and support the preservation of marine life and natural resources, and the conservation of threatened chondrichthyan species and their associated parasites to maintain ancient host/parasite interactions and interrelationships
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Elucidating genetic diversity and population structure in commercially exploited sharks occuring in southern Africa such as the common smoothhound (Mustelus mustelus), white-spotted smoothhound (Mustelus palumbes), soupfin shark (Galeorhinus galeus), copper shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus) and smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena).