29 Sep '11, 8pm

Sharks and marine turtles in trouble around the world:

Sharks and marine turtles in trouble around the world:

Pressures on marine environments - from rising sea temperatures and overfishing to pollution and oils spills - is taking an increasingly heavy toll on a variety of marine species. This week, officials in Australia announced that sharks are in "big trouble" on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and throughout the world's oceans. At the same time, a new study funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Offield Family Foundation, outlined threats to various populations of sea turtles, and offered a framework for identifying and monitoring the conservation status of marine turtles by dividing them into "spatially and biologically distinct marine turtle Regional Management Units (RMUs)". Although humans instinctively fear sharks, the predatory fish have perhaps more to fear from humans. "There is mounting evidence of widespread, substantial, and ongoing declines in...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/sharks-marine-turt...

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