Some Shark Populations Collapsing

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Andrew C. Revkin


06/12/2008 - Some shark populations in the Mediterranean Sea have completely collapsed, according to a new study, with numbers of five species declining by more than 96 percent over the past two centuries.

“This loss of top predators could hold serious implications for the entire marine ecosystem, greatly affecting food webs throughout this region,” said the lead author of the study, Francesco Ferretti, a doctoral student in marine biology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

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The study is scheduled for publication in the journal Conservation Biology and was posted on Wednesday at lenfestocean.org by the Lenfest Ocean Program, a private group in Washington that paid for the research.

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