01 Nov '11, 11pm

A Turning Point for Sharks: OFS' newest blog

A Turning Point for Sharks: OFS' newest blog

It’s no wonder why people feel frightened by the thought of being in the water with a shark – they are powerful, sleek, and silent predators that have roamed the vast seas for millions of years. Their six senses are impeccably designed for the water world in which they reside. Yet an ocean that was once abundant with sharks has become an ocean at risk of losing these valuable species. Scientists have estimated that more than 90% of all large shark species have been depleted. A once indestructible monster of old fishermen’s tales is no longer plenty, but is now dwindling to numbers so low it threatens the stability of entire marine ecosystems. However, there is, of course, still hope. Palau, a country nestled in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, took a giant leap forward in terms of ecological and economical stewardship. In 2009, leaders in Palau established the world’s firs...

Full article: http://www.oceanfutures.org/news/blog/turning-point-sharks

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