Oceanic Whitetip Shark
The IUCN, or International Union for Conservation of Nature, recently published the report from their Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group. The report can be downloaded in it’s entirety here.
Here’s an excerpt from their section on Oceanic Whitetip Sharks. It’s scary to see the dramatic reduction of animals throughout the oceans, particularly what’s happening in the Nothwest and Western Central Atlantic. The regional data their suggests a 99.3% reduction of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark population over just the past 40 years. While data varies in quality and there is not doubt insufficient data for precise measurements, fishing pressures need to be dramatically reduced while these calculations are fine-tuned. The current pace is moving at a terrifyingly unsustainable pace.
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Published by: IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group, Vancouver, Canada.
Copyright: © 2012 IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group.