Hearing: SHARKS!

Committee to Hold Hearing to Examine Innovations in Shark Research and Technology

July 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing entitled, “SHARKS!” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 18, 2018. The hearing will examine innovations in shark research techniques and technology. This research is being used to improve American lives by increasing our understanding of oceans and fisheries, creating new innovations in engineering, and searching for medical breakthroughs.

“Sharks and the scientists who study them have led us to improvements in aerodynamics, renewable energy, electrical sensors, and health and medical research. Innovative shark research can benefit marine ecosystems and continue to raise public awareness about these important species,” said Thune. “That said, we don’t see many in South Dakota.”


  • Dr. Al Dove, Vice President, Research and Conservation, Georgia Aquarium
  • Dr. Robert Hueter, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Shark Research, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Ms. Amy Kukulya, Principal Investigator and Senior AUV Operations Engineer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dr. Cheryl Wilga, Professor and Director of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee 

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253 (unless we’re gonna need a bigger boat). Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.