Dispatch from Panama: Taking Steps to Protect Sharks at Risk

01/12/2014 - Panama is known for many things: its gorgeous Pacific and Caribbean coasts, its lush jungles, and of course the canal through which cruise and merchant ships pass every day.

Less well-known is that this Central American country’s waters are home to more than 40 species of tiburónes, or sharks, primarily off its Pacific coast. The majority of these species are threatened or near threatened with extinction, mainly because of overfishing during the past 30 years.

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