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French Government Funds Shark Hunt After Attacks Near Reunion Island

August 8, 2012

Two shark attacks off the coast of the French Island of Reunion, located in the western Indian Ocean, have provoked the government to hire fishermen to hunt around 20 bull and tiger sharks in the area. 

While the government is springing for an initial hunt in the interest of understanding the cause of these attacks, the future of management of this population of sharks is uncertain. The hunting of these species is currently legal, but the toxins in sharks’ flesh make them an unattractive catch.

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