* Undersea canyons off Madagascar may turn out to be the Indian Ocean
epicentre for coelacanths, the remarkable “fossil fish” which re-surfaced
from apparent extinction in 1938.
* Coelacanths have turned up with unexpected frequency in gill-nets set in
deep waters to catch sharks for new, commercial markets.
* A worrying trend in recent coelacanth catches in Madagascar is the high
proportion of pregnant females, which are thought to produce just 140 live
babies during their entire lifecycle.
* Marine scientists are calling for reinforcement of conservation measures
to protect this population from the pressure of incidental gill-net captures
driven by the shark fin trade.
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