Cannot see the great white shark? Bait for it

Illing, Björn (2020) Cannot see the great white shark? Bait for it. Conservation Physiology, 8 (1). coz114.

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[Extract] Cage diving to view great white sharks and other iconic marine mega-fauna is a huge part of the marine wildlife tourism industry. But cage diving is considered a double-edged sword. On one hand, it fosters positive conservation ethics in tourists and raises awareness. However, on the other hand, there are concerns about animal welfare, costs to shark fitness and disruption of the natural ecology of habitats, mostly related to the use of bait to attract sharks. In fact, at cage-diving sites that use bait, Lauren Meyer and her colleagues determined that the swimming behaviour and daily activity levels of great white sharks are affected but not their nutrition. However, Meyer et al. (2019) have just investigated the impact on the other fishes, including rays that are unintentionally fed at these sites, and it turns out, those fishes do experience the effects.

Item ID: 67262
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2051-1434
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press and the Society for Experimental Biology. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 22:10
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 100%
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