NOAA: Northeastern Pacific white sharks not endangered

NOAA's NMFS has concluded that NEP white sharks are not in danger of extinction.
NOAA’s NMFS has concluded that NEP white sharks are not in danger of extinction.

On July 3, 2013, NOAA announced that the Northeastern Pacific (NEP) white shark population does not warrant being listed as an endangered or threatened species at this time. More specifically, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the NEP white shark population “is neither in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range nor likely to become so in the foreseeable future.”

The announcement was based on a 12-month study that was prompted by last year’s petition from conservation groups to review the status of the distinct population segment of great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias).

For more information on the announcement, check out:

12-Month Finding on Petitions To List the Northeastern Pacific Ocean Distinct Population Segment of White Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

Status Review of the Northeastern Pacific Population of White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) Under the Endangered Species Act

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