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Overfishing of sharks endangers reefs: Australian study

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Scientists studying reefs off Australia said Thursday sharks play a fundamental role in the health of coral, and overfishing of them made reefs more vulnerable to global warming and weather disasters. 

Australian Institute of Marine Science researchers conduct surveys and study Grey Reef sharks on Scott Reef in Western Australia, September 19, 2013.

A research team, led by Mark Meekan from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), studied the impact of sharks at the Rowley Shoals and Scott Reefs 300 kilometres (185 miles) off northwest Australia over 10 years.

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