Scientist Warns Against Shark Culling But Old Moore Predicts More Attacks

Scientist Warns Against Shark Culling But Old Moore Predicts More Attacks

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Old Moore has predicted more shark attacks plus a famous person will have a brush with a shark. In June, National Geographic confirmed that indeed, shark attacks are increasing. So should we think about a cull?  

So shark attacks are rising. But the question is, are shark numbers rising? Or are there simply more people swimming in the oceans? Is the human buffet just more stocked? If shark numbers are rising, should we cull them in problems areas like Australia, the U.S., and in South Africa?

A University of Queensland scientist has cautioned against culling sharks because the long-term ecological impact cannot be predicted. Dr Jennifer Ovenden is an expert in the role of population, evolutionary and molecular genetics in the management of wild fisheries.

“Managing shark populations is very challenging,” she said. “Like humans, sharks can live for a very long time and their rate of reproduction is comparatively low. We need to be particularly careful about the numbers of sharks harvested, either commercially or by culling, from wild populations. While fin fish produce millions of eggs and have the potential to rebuild their populations very quickly following harvesting, sharks are very different.”

Dr Ovenden and her team are masters of shark genomics and digital systems which track how many sharks and shark species are lurking under the seas. “What we can do right now is estimate the number of sharks in Australian waters, but it will be a number of years before we know if the populations are increasing or decreasing,” she said. “Ultimately our research will help determine if the recent increase in shark attacks in Australia is due to an increase in shark numbers or to an increase in human interaction.”

According to Old Moore, shark stories will remain at an all-time-high, prompting protest for both culling them and saving them. And we will keep an eye out for a celeb will have a shark story! Stay tuned to shallow, coastal regions. Yikes!

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