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Fisheries and Conservation

Fisheries and Conservation

Chapter:
(p.437) Chapter 16 Fisheries and Conservation
Source:
The Biology of Sharks and Rays
Author(s):
A. Peter Klimley
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923086.003.0016

This chapter focuses on the recent expansion of fisheries for sharks and rays, and the decline of the populations of sharks and rays in the world's oceans. It describes historical examples of the collapse of shark fisheries; the methods of managing elasmobranch fisheries including recent regulations; and the recent establishment of reserves to protect sharks and rays. It suggests that the factors which made the sharks, rays, and chimaeras so successful over time also have made them very vulnerable today in a world dominated by humans.

Keywords:   sharks, rays, elasmobranch fisheries, fisheries management, marine reserves

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