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Sharks are thriving at the Kermadec Islands, but not the rest of New Zealand, amid global decline

Source: theconversation.com

A recent global assessment of shark populations at 371 coral reefs in 58 countries found no sharks at almost 20% of reefs and alarmingly low numbers at many others.

The study, which involved over 100 scientists under the Global FinPrint project, gave New Zealand a good score card. But because it focused on coral reefs, it included only one region — Rangitāhua (Kermadec Islands), a pristine subtropical archipelago surrounded by New Zealand’s largest marine reserve.

It is a different story around the main islands of New Zealand. Many coastal shark species may be in decline, and less than half a percent of territorial waters is protected by marine reserves. MORE

Header image: Basking sharks were once common in some coastal areas in New Zealand. Credit: Martin Prochazkacz/Shutterstock.