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NOAA decides against listing great white sharks as endangered
Pete Thomas Outdoors ^ | June 28, 2013 | Pete Thomas

Posted on 06/28/2013 6:03:40 PM PDT by jazusamo

Great white sharks in the northeastern Pacific, including California, are not in danger of becoming extinct, according to NOAA Fisheries, and will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

NOAA had consented to consider listing white sharks as endangered in response to two petitions submitted last year.

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In a news release issued Friday, the federal agency explained that a team of eight scientists determined, based on review of the best available science, that white sharks in the northeast Pacific--from the Bering Sea to Mexico, and westward to Hawaii--have "a low to very low risk of extinction now and in the foreseeable future."

While conservation groups and some in research circles will argue that white shark numbers are low enough to warrant listing--one recent study placed the California population at only 219 adult sharks--others believe that long-standing conservation efforts are working and that the population might actually be increasing.

"I keep saying that the recovery of the white shark population is probably one of California's greatest success stories," said Christopher Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach. "And it's based on the fact that it takes more than just protection of white sharks from fishing mortality back in the mid 1990s to accomplish this.

"It has required improving water quality, restoring prey for juveniles and adults through better fisheries management and protection. Just look at the amazing recovery seal and sea lions have made off California alone!"

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has temporarily displayed live white sharks in the past and has participated in research projects with Stanford University and other institutions, issued a statement in which Margaret Spring, vice president of conservation of science, stated:

"The aquarium appreciates NOAA’s thorough review and synthesis of the best available information on great white shark status and threats. We are fully committed to supporting rigorous science, public education efforts and ocean policy reform to ensure that great white sharks do not become more vulnerable in the future.

"For more than a decade, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and our research colleagues from Stanford, UC Davis, CSU Long Beach and other institutions have generated most of the data about adult and juvenile great white sharks in the northeastern Pacific. We will continue this work so we can gain a better understanding of population trends and the overall health of sharks that play a vital role in ocean health."

In California, the Farallon Islands and other Bay Area waters are primary seasonal aggregation spots for adult white sharks. They arrive each late-summer and fall to feed at elephant seal rookeries.

In Mexico, Guadalupe Island west of Baja California is the primary gathering place for white sharks during the same feeding season.

While these are primary aggregation sites, some scientists believe that because of the burgeoning sea lion population off the West Coast, particularly off Southern California, not all adult white sharks need to visit elephant seal rookeries each fall. Thus, it's impossible to formulate an accurate population estimate.

Lowe, who has worked extensively with juvenile sharks off Southern California, cites as contributing factors for what he believes is a growing population: The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972; the removal of coastal gill-nets under Prop. 132 in 1990, and a long-standing California ban on fishing for white sharks.

"It's always a good sign when the big predators start to return to coastal ecosystems," Lowe said. "It means we're doing some right to correct for our past abuses of the ocean. Of course, we're not out of the woods yet, as there will always be new emerging problems as a result of an ever-growing human population. But this shows we have the ability to fix things when we put money and political will toward it."

Some of those problems exist in Mexico, and particularly off Baja California, where there is no ban on nearshore netting, and where juvenile white sharks are often caught and killed by fishermen.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: esa; greatwhiteshark; noaa

1 posted on 06/28/2013 6:03:40 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: george76; Flycatcher; girlangler

Goods news Ping!


2 posted on 06/28/2013 6:07:19 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Why would someone want to hunt/fish for sharks?


3 posted on 06/28/2013 6:10:09 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: jazusamo
landshark photo: Landshark Roomba Roomba_zpse19ed056.gif
4 posted on 06/28/2013 6:10:47 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

LOL! Good one.


5 posted on 06/28/2013 6:13:21 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: wastedyears

They are not hunted/fished for in US waters but if listed in the ESA as endangered it would set many new rules in place for our commercial and sport fishing industries.

We don’t need more government regs.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 6:21:32 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

NOAA had consented to consider listing white sharks as endangered in response to two petitions submitted last year.

Obviously amateur petitioners. First you find a dead white shark, then “extrapolate” the number of dead white shark probable worldwide, take that number times 10 and submit your petition to NOAA, EPA, Interior, etc. That’s how the professionals do it ( it also helps if you buy a few PHDs who offer their professional souls for pieces of silver).


7 posted on 06/28/2013 6:34:25 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Drug abuse is not a victimless crime ... look at what Obama is doing to the country!)
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To: jazusamo

Being placed on the endangered list worked out nicely for the giant salt water crocs in Aussie. I hear they are back to eating people.


8 posted on 06/28/2013 6:43:00 PM PDT by kneehurts
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To: jazusamo

Now, if they were great BLACK sharks...


9 posted on 06/28/2013 8:06:58 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: wastedyears

Mako flesh is very tasty, for one reason.


10 posted on 06/28/2013 8:52:33 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn
Forgive my ignorance, what reason is Mako flesh tasty?
11 posted on 06/29/2013 4:09:19 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon

It has been described to me as such, with good density like Tuna but without the oiliness.


12 posted on 06/29/2013 8:53:57 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: HenpeckedCon

P.S., Mako’s are closely related to Great Whites and while I know no one who has eaten GW, it’s possible that they taste somewhat the same.


13 posted on 06/29/2013 8:55:21 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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