Thursday, June 25, 2009

30 pct of shark species 'threatened with extinction'

Global warming? Nope. Overfishing is to blame for threatening shark species, according to the first International Union for Conservation of Nature study looking at open ocean sharks. (BBC) Thirty percent of sharks are "threatened with extinction", 24 percent are "near threatened."

Sharks are particularly vulnerable since they take years to mature and don't have many offspring.

What can you do? Don't eat tuna or swordfish. "Many sharks are caught in high seas tuna and swordfish fisheries."

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