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Shark numbers are now higher in Cayman Islands’ waters than in many other Caribbean islands

Shark numbers are now higher in Cayman Islands’ waters than in many other Caribbean islands

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Shark numbers are now higher in Cayman Islands’ waters than in many other Caribbean islands research data has revealed, as a result of conservation measures and a shift in attitude towards these critically important reef predators.

Although there is still some way to go to ensure that they flourish, local shark populations have benefitted from protections for all sharks in Cayman waters that were put in place four years ago in conjunction with pressing home the message that they do not steal fish from fishermen, as once believed, but actually help to keep coral reef ecosystems in balance and ensure more fish overall.

Cayman News Service

 

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