Anglers’ online boasts reveal illegal shark hunting (Nature)

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Featuring OTN PI Steve Cooke (UBC)

Researchers fear sport fishing is a serious threat to endangered species — but study of Internet forum also finds awareness of environmental issues.

Marine researchers have turned to an innovative data source to track the impact of ‘game fishing’ on endangered shark species: Internet message boards where anglers boast about their catches. An analysis of more than a thousand posts revealed both illegal behaviour — and surprisingly warm attitudes towards conservation.

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