NSU Study Shows Ocean’s Fastest Shark Is Being Threatened By Over Fishing

NSU Study Shows Ocean’s Fastest Shark Is Being Threatened By Over Fishing

NSU Study Shows Ocean’s Fastest Shark Is Being Threatened By Over Fishing

A new study using satellite tracking by researchers from Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), the University of Rhode Island and other colleagues shows that the fishing mortality rate of the shortfin mako in the western North Atlantic is considerably higher than previously estimated from catches reported by fishermen. These data suggest that this major ocean apex predator is experiencing overfishing, raising serious concerns about whether the current levels of fishery catches in the North Atlantic are sustainable.

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