According to National Geographic “Bull Sharks are aggressive and common. ” Great Whites and Tiger Sharks garner all the headlines, but it is widely believed that Bull Sharks are responsible for the majority of encounters with humans, including those on Reunion.
In the full statement, Kelly stopped short of saying he regretted his original message, instead indicating only that he regretted his choice of words. The nuance in his response makes it possible to surmise that he still believes it is necessary to cull the shark population around Reunion Island.
In 1999 the French Government banned the sale of shark meat due to potential toxins in the flesh of Bull Sharks and Tiger Sharks, effectively putting a stop to all shark fishing.
As Healey explains, “there’s a common misconception that all shark species are endangered…that’s just not true…it appears that this (the situation in Reunion) is one of the VERY rare cases where culling is the most logical course of action.
Then in 2007, the creation of a marine reserve off the West coast of Reunion supplied the sharks with an all-you-can-eat buffet of fresh fish.
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