Emerging human-shark conflicts in the New York Bight: a call for expansive science and management

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Department of Biological Sciences


Recent spikes in interactions between humans and sharks in the New York Bight have sparked widespread reporting of possible causalities, many of which lack empirical support. Here we comment on the current state of knowledge regarding shark biology and management in New York waters emphasizing that the possible drivers of increased human-shark interactions are confounded by a lack of historical monitoring data. We outline several key research avenues that should be considered to ensure the safe and sustainable co-existence of humans, sharks, and their prey, in an era of accelerated environmental change. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Journal of fish biology