Belize Shows How Fishers and Researchers Can Collaborate to Protect Sharks

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  • A decade long study analyzing the population of Caribbean reef sharks saw a significant decline from 2009 to 2019, largely due to legal shark fishing.
  • In an effort to protect these animals, the researchers worked with government officials from the Glovers Reef Marine Reserve and the fishing community to implement no-take-zones which extended 2 miles around Glover’s Reef Atoll and around Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Turneffe Atoll.
  • Although it may be too early to tell if these restrictions will impact the shark population, the researchers and community are hopeful.

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