Great White Sharks maybe stable in northwest Pacific Ocean – better monitoring needed

| May 4, 2014 | Reply

Sharks are ecologically as important in the ocean as top predators like Tigers, Pumas or Harpy Eagles on land.
New research shows that the Great White Shark population the the northwest Pacific Ocean seems to be stable which is good news.
But researcher Heather Christiansen says that better monitoring is necessary to know more about the actual population of Great White Sharks in that area.
Conservationists say that more conservation efforts are needed for the sharks in the northwest Pacific and research and monitoring incl. satellite tracking is crucial.

In order to protect an predator species (or any animal / plant species) it is necessary to know population numbers and trends and find out mortality reasons, e.g. by-catch, illegal killing, etc for sharks.

More information:
Better monitoring of Great White sharks needed in Northwest Pacific, grad student says

Paper by Christiansen et al.
The Last Frontier: Catch Records of White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the Northwest Pacific Ocean

Category: sharks

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