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July, 2009

Jul 9th

Eating Sharks

Hollywood movies often portray sharks as ferocious feeders waiting for unsuspecting bathers to jump into the water. The reality is vastly different with 4 people on average killed by sharks each year, while we catch and kill several million sharks. Many shark species grow slowly, take many years to become sexually mature and produce only a few young a year. Without effective management it is relatively easy to overfish shark populations and today many species are considered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) to be endangered or vulnerable. Abundance of a species varies among regions and countries, however, and the U.S. does a far better job than most counties in managing their shark fisheries.

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