Fewer sharks off east coast

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

SHARK pop­u­la­tions off the east coast of Aus­tralia have plum­meted in the past 55 years with some species – such as great whites and ham­mer­heads – drop­ping by 92 per cent, new re­search shows.

The shark study re­searchers were un­able to pin­point what had caused such a dra­matic drop in shark num­bers over the past half-cen­tury.

But they’re con­fi­dent it’s re­lated to over­fish­ing.

What­ever the rea­son, the re­searchers say that steps must be taken soon to con­serve shark pop­u­la­tions be­fore it’s too late.

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