27 Apr '12, 3pm

Pacific Shark Survey Shows 90 Percent Decline Near Human Populations

27 Apr 2012: Pacific Shark Survey Shows 90 Percent Decline Near Human Populatons A comprehensive census of Pacific reef shark populations has found that shark abundance has plummeted by roughly 90 percent in waters located near islands inhabited by humans. Using underwater surveys As Shark Slaughter Continues, A Defender Targets Fin Trade Demand for shark fins — a prized delicacy in some Asian nations — has led to severe overfishing of many species. In an interview with Yale e360 , shark conservationist Sonja Fordham talks about the battle to save this magnificent fish. READ THE e360 REPORT conducted by divers across 46 U.S. Pacific islands and atolls, researchers found that shark numbers near human populations — including on the main Hawaiian Islands and the Mariana Archipelago — were consistently depressed, regardless of location or ocean conditions, compared with pristi...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/pacific_shark_survey_shows_90...

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