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1/4 of Sharks and Rays in Danger

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A new assessment of worldwide shark, ray and chimaera species shows that a quarter of the worlds sharks and rays are at risk of extinction.

Major contributors to the danger include overfishing (both intentional and unintentional catches), slow reproduction cycles, and intentional culling due to perceived risks to people or fishing.

The report comes as the Environment Minister Greg Hunt exempts a cull of sharks from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The exemption will allow for the trapping and killing of sharks due to a national interest and a substantial public concern.

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