Shark war­rants ‘threat­ened’ list­ing

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

PORT­LAND, Maine — The oceanic whitetip shark’s de­clin­ing sta­tus in the wild war­rants list­ing as threat­ened un­der the En­dan­gered Species Act, an arm of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has de­ter­mined. The shark is found around the world, mostly in open wa­ter, and the con­ser­va­tion group De­fend­ers of Wildlife called on the gov­ern­ment to list the species. The list­ing would be the most wide­spread shark list­ing in the U.S. to date. The Na­tional Ma­rine Fish­eries Ser­vice said in a doc­u­ment pub­lished in the Fed­eral Reg­is­ter in De­cem­ber that the sharks are in­deed likely to be­come en­dan­gered in all or at least a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of their range “within the fore­see­able fu­ture.’’

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