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Study: Sharks swarm marine reserve in Fuji

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Fiji's largest marine reserve has more sharks than surrounding areas that allow fishing, according to researchers. Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia say this is evidence that marine protected areas can be good for sharks.

The number of sharks in Namena Reserve, on the southern coast of Fiji's Vanua Levu Island, is two to four times greater than in adjacent areas where fishing is permitted, researchers found.

"The study not only provides evidence that Fiji's largest marine reserve benefits reef sharks, but achieves this in a non-destructive manner using novel stereo video technology," said WCS's Jordan Goetze, the lead author of the paper.

The study took place July 4-28, 2009. Researchers surveyed the sharks using baited remote underwater video systems at eight sites in reserve and eight outside the reserve, according to the WCS.

The study appears in the journal Coral Reefs.

www.wcs.org

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