Why does a shark’s reproductive cycle make it so susceptible to overfishing?

Answer

Sharks reproduce far slower than other fish species. Most bony fish tend to reach sexual maturity quickly—perhaps within a year—and can have millions of eggs each year.

In contrast, sharks reach sexual maturity after ten or more years and then produce very few offspring. This makes it even harder for sharks to naturally recover from overfishing.


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Why does a shark’s reproductive cycle make it so susceptible to overfishing?
Why does a shark’s reproductive cycle make it so susceptible to overfishing?
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