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Attitudes and misconceptions towards sharks and shark meat consumption along the Peruvian coast

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dc.contributor.author López de la Lama, Rocío María
dc.contributor.author De la Puente Jerí, Santiago
dc.contributor.author Riveros, Juan Carlos
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-30T02:09:30Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-30T02:09:30Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/4009
dc.description.abstract Misconceptions, lack of knowledge, and negative attitudes towards sharks act as barriers preventing actions required to tackle threats to shark populations, limiting the success of global shark conservation initiatives. Peru, a major player for the international trade of shark products, recently approved the 'National Action Plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras' (PAN-Tib); a guiding document for conservation initiatives aimed at these fishes. Within PAN-Tib, the assessment of Peruvians' current knowledge and attitudes towards sharks is listed as a research priority. Between June and October 2016, 2004 Peruvians were surveyed along the coast to characterize their (i) shark meat consumption patterns, and (ii) knowledge and attitudes towards sharks. Results suggest that shark meat consumption is extended, but not necessarily frequent, and higher in the northern regions of the country. However, 77.5% of shark meat consumers were unaware that they had eaten sharks. Although 57.6% of the participants recognized that sharks are present in Peruvian waters, only 19.4% of the surveyed population was capable of naming at least one local shark species. Moreover, Peruvians have very negative attitudes towards sharks. They fear them and view them as man-eaters, despite this, no shark attacks have ever been reported in the country. These results highlight the need to: (i) encourage sustainable shark meat consumption, and (ii) promote communication campaigns aimed at increasing knowledge about sharks, and their importance as a source of employment and food for coastal communities, as for the national economy. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Public Library of Science
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject Sharks en_US
dc.subject Meat en_US
dc.subject Psychological attitudes en_US
dc.subject Peru en_US
dc.subject Marine conservation en_US
dc.subject Marine fish en_US
dc.subject Semantics en_US
dc.subject Fisheries en_US
dc.title Attitudes and misconceptions towards sharks and shark meat consumption along the Peruvian coast en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202971
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#1.06.12
dc.relation.issn 1932-6203

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