University of Queensland scientist warns against shark culling

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University of Queensland scientist warns against shark culling
by Staff Writers
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Aug 21, 2015

Dr Ovenden and PhD student Mr Dean Blower have extended the research to monitor the number of sharks caught commercially for the Australian market. “We know that sharks are heavily impacted by commercial and recreational fishing and we’re working in close cooperation with New South Wales Fisheries on this project,” Dr Ovenden said.

A University of Queensland scientist has cautioned against culling sharks because the long term ecological impact cannot be predicted. School of Biomedical Sciences principal research fellow 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…

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