Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai

Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer Tunisia

Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai is a Professor of Higher Education at the National Institute of Marine Science and Technologies and head of the Marine Biodiversity Laboratory in Tunisia. He obtained an engineering degree in marine living resource exploitation as well as a master’s degree, Ph.D., and a state doctorate degree (thesis on eco-biology and distribution of fish in the Mediterranean Sea and a thesis on marine turtles). He is a member of the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and former coordinator of the subcommittee 'Marine Environment and Ecosystems” of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean of the Food and Agriculture Organization (GFCM-FAO). He contributes to the Mediterranean Large Elasmobranchs Monitoring (MEDLEM) database. As a consultant on elasmobranchs of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (SPA/RAC), Dr. Bradai elaborated the Action Plan for the Conservation of Cartilaginous Fishes in the Mediterranean Sea (2020) and the National Action Plan for the Conservation of Cartilaginous Fishes (chondrichthyans) in the Mediterranean Coasts of Egypt (2021). Dr. Bradai is an author of many international articles and communications dealing with sea turtles. He is also a National GFCM focal point in the Medbycatch project, National focal point of the National Stranding Network, Former coordinator of the monitoring of the Kuriat nesting site, Former coordinator of the sea turtle rescue center (Monastir – Tunisia), Member of the IUCN Turtle Specialist Group, founding member of NASTNet (North Africa Sea Turtle Net) and former coordinator of the Sub Committee “Marine Environment and Ecosystems” of the GFCM-FAO (2006-2010).

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This book presents information on the biology, ecology, taxonomy, and fisheries of sharks. The analysis of data shows that cartilaginous species, including sharks, rays, and chimeras, are by far the most endangered group of marine fish. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to exploitation because of their K-selected life-history strategy. Overfishing, wide use of non-selective fishing practices and habitat degradation are leading to dramatic declines of these species in most marine areas. In general, sharks are not targeted but are caught incidentally. In many fisheries, they are, however, often landed and marketed. Therefore, this book provides recommendations for protecting and managing sharks’ stocks. A better understanding of the composition of incidental and targeted catches of sharks by commercial fisheries and biological and ecological parameters are fundamentally important for the conservation of these populations.

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