Push to list great white sharks as endangered
August 13, 2012
Environmentalists have petitioned the state and federal governments to have great white sharks off the coast of California declared endangered. [LATimes]
According to recent studies, about 220 adult and near-adult great white sharks inhabit the waters of California’s central coast region. Researchers estimate there are less than 340 mature sharks in the northeast Pacific.
Currently, regulatory agencies regard the great white shark as a vulnerable species, one step below endangered.
If the petition is granted, the endangered designation could lead to changes in fishing practices and could spur research aimed at restoring the population, said Jim Milbury, a spokesman for the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agency to the LA Times.
Great whites can grow up to 20 feet in length and 6,600 pounds.