White Shark in Endangered Species
A status review on the white shark population off the West Coast is being done. The most feared predator will gain the best protection that it can receive as it will be placed in the endangered species.
Current rules state that the great white sharks cannot be targeted while fishing. It is already receiving international help through protection. California has moved one step ahead. Though the fisherman's have opposed the review, measures to safeguard the species will not be deterred. With the review, measures will be quick and effective.
Ashley Blacow, Pacific policy director for conservation organization Oceana said that he was thrilled that again California has proved to be a leader in ocean conservation.
Accurate count of this species is not available but one of the studies that were conducted two years ago estimated its population to be around 220. Another study said that their population is 350. With this review, exact number of population would be estimated.
Petition by Oceana to estimate the accurate number of Great White Shark has been filed. The staff of the Department of Fish and Wildlife has accepted that the petition should move on.
Adriana Shea, deputy executive director of the commission has said that the loss of this predator will be devastating for the ecosystem, so the initiation by California is significant.
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