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Current and future considerations for shark conservation in the Northeast and Eastern Central Pacific Ocean

Larson, S., Lowry, D., Dulvy, N.K., Wharton, J., Galván-Magaña, F., Sianipar, A.B., Lowe, C.G. and Meyer, E. (2021) Current and future considerations for shark conservation in the Northeast and Eastern Central Pacific Ocean. Advances in Marine Biology .

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.amb.2021.08.003
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Abstract

Sharks are iconic and ecologically important predators found in every ocean. Because of their ecological role as predators, some considered apex predators, and concern over the stability of their populations due to direct and indirect overfishing, there has been an increasing amount of work focussed on shark conservation, and other elasmobranchs such as skates and rays, around the world. Here we discuss many aspects of current shark science and conservation and the path to the future of shark conservation in the Northeastern and Eastern Central Pacific. We explore their roles in ecosystems as keystone species; the conservation measures and laws in place at the international, national, regional and local level; the conservation status of sharks and rays in the region, fisheries for sharks in the Northcentral Pacific specifically those that target juveniles and the implications to shark conservation; a conservation success story: the recovery of Great White Sharks in the Northeast Pacific; public perceptions of sharks and the roles zoos and aquariums play in shark conservation; and the path to the future of shark conservation that requires bold partnerships, local stakeholders and innovative measures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/62434
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