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Population models show that nearshore habitats are crucial for small coastal sharks such as juvenile lemon sharks Negaprion brevirostris. Photo: Alastair Harry

Knip DM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA

 

Sharks in nearshore environments: models, importance, and consequences

 

Models of coastal shark populations have remained largely unchanged since the 1960s, despite their limited applicability to small shark species. Knip and co-workers propose an additional model for small species that utilise nearshore areas during their entire life. Nearshore environments are dynamic, providing advantages and disadvantages for their inhabitants. Human use of coastal regions can entail high risk for some shark populations. Expansion of population models to encompass use of nearshore environments in more shark species will help to preserve their populations.

 

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