Great white shark could become protected species

Date: 1/4/2006

New Zealand Conservation Minister Chris Carter is looking at options to protect the endangered great white shark. Potential fines could be up to $250,000 for killing one. A discussion paper has been released canvassing options for protecting the great white shark in line with international conventions. ‘Great whites are celebrity predators of the ocean. They are an object of fear and fascination, but sadly there is growing evidence that this magnificent and rare species is in trouble internationally,’ Mr Carter said. There have been nine documented non-fatal attacks on divers, surfers and kayakers since 1990. The last recorded fatal attack in New Zealand was in the 1960s.

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