Study Shows Great White Population May be Rebounding

A white shark caught and released on a NOAA Apex Predators Program longline survey. Photo/Fiona Hogan, NEFSC/NOAA.
A white shark caught and released on a NOAA Apex Predators Program longline survey. Photo/Fiona Hogan, NEFSC/NOAA.

CapeCodOnline: Sightings of great white sharks in Cape Cod waters is one indicator that the species is rebounding from the lows of 20 years ago, according to a National Marine Fisheries Service study released this week.

The study, published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS ONE, was the first significant update on the status of the great white shark population in more than 40 years and shows that the ban on landing these sharks, enacted by the United States in 1997, has paid off.

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