Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 10, 2021

Shark Populations Are Crashing, With a ‘Very Small Window’ to Avert Disaster 

The New York Times reports

In just the last half-century, humans have caused a staggering, worldwide drop in the number of sharks and rays that swim the open oceans, scientists have found in the first global assessment of its kind, published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Oceanic sharks and rays have declined by 71 percent since 1970, mainly because of overfishing. The collapse is probably even more stark, the authors point out, because of incomplete data from some of the worst-hit regions and because fishing fleets were already expanding in the decades before they started their analysis.

Read full article at Shark Populations Are Crashing, With a ‘Very Small Window’ to Avert Disaster – The New York Times


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