Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Nine More Sharks Added to IUCN Red List

At the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, it was announced that nine more sharks will be added to the IUCN red list - bringing the total number of sharks on the list to 135.

New additions (and their threat classification) include:
  1. scalloped hammerhead (vulnerable)
  2. short-fin mako shark (vulnerable)
  3. smooth hammerhead (vulnerable)
  4. big-eye thresher (vulnerable)
  5. common thresher (vulnerable)
  6. silky (near-threatened)
  7. tiger (vulnerable or endangered status)
  8. bull (vulnerable or endangered status)
  9. dusky shark (vulnerable or endangered status)

As the good folks over at Deep Sea News remind us:

The reduction in top predators from marine ecosystems can only drastically alter the entire food webs across the oceans.

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