Letters: Sep. 1, 1997

SHARKS UNDER ATTACK

"If we have begun virtually to wipe out sharks and other fish, imagine how endangered our own natural environment must be." SCOTT DE SAVOYE Vancouver, B.C.

Relentless slaughter and overfishing will drive sharks, the top predators in the sea, to the brink of extinction [ENVIRONMENT, Aug. 11]. If the scientific community and the world at large do not act quickly enough to reverse the trend, there will be an ecological catastrophe. We humans have come to be "nature's most fearsome predators," but what will happen when there is hardly anything left to keep the ecosystem in balance? FRED...

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