GBR Shark Populations declining

Great Barrier Reef shark populations are declining rapidly due to fishing according to research published in the December 5th issue of the journal Current Biology.

The paper says that “no-take zones” — areas where fishing is prohibited — can be effective in protecting sharks but only when the no-take regulations are strictly enforced.

Examining two common species of sharks on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the researchers found that both populations are in the midst of a rapid population decline — 7% per year for white tip sharks and 17% per year for gray reef sharks, showing that current shark conservation strategies are not effective.

“These findings indicate that current management of no-take areas is inadequate for protecting reef sharks, even in one of the world