Publication News: Dr. Aaron Wirsing

Aaron Wirsing (Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) and QERM) was a collaborator on a study recently published in Nature titled, “Global status and conservation potential of reef sharks.” .

In a news release published on the College of the Environment website, Wirsing was quoted: “At twenty percent of the reefs we surveyed, we didn’t detect any sharks where you would expect to see them. That was alarming and a bit of a surprise. But in other places, even those with lots of human activity and tourism, like the Bahamas, sharks are doing relatively well. These locations exemplify the power of effective governance, and it is uplifting to see high performing regions near high human population centers.”

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Global study reveals hope for recovery in declining shark populations