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Great Barrier Reef shark populations in decline due to shark finning

10/01/11 | by mick [mail] | Categories: News

Link: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/221371/20110929/scientists-points-to-dwindling-shark-numbers-in-great-barrier-reef.htm

A study by James Cook University has shown shark populations on Australia's Great Barrier Reef are in decline and the finger is being pointed at the shark finning industry.

"At present, shark numbers are decimated either by accidental fishing or deliberate hunting for the marine mammal's fin, which is a priced commodity in many parts of Asia, according to Agence France Presse (AFP)."

We're not sure about the reference to sharks being mammals and hope this was the journalist's error and not the researchers!