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Shark Attack Study Announced: Politics of Bite Incidents Under Review
Date:2/7/2010

ed to be a number of juvenile great white sharks. Florida has the highest number of shark attacks in the United States and a majority of these involve kite surfers. On January 12, a tourist in Cape Town South Africa died following bites from a great white shark at Fish Hoek Beach. A day earlier in eastern Australia, there were three shark bite incidents, at separate beaches within a twenty-four hour period.

These three nations typically report the three highest rates of shark attacks in the world. In 2008, the U.S. had 59 reported shark attacks. Of the four fatalities of 2008, two were in Mexico; one was in the United States and one in Australia according to the International Shark Attack File.

From 2002 until 2005, Neff served as a senior lobbyist for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and continued to lobby for the firm DDB Issues and Advocacy until July, 2006. He then received his Masters in Public Policy at the University of Sydney in 2007, focusing on carnivore conservation issues and shark conservation policies. The upcoming three year study will include field work in each nation and offer conclusions regarding the different approaches to shark management in South Africa, the United States and Australia. Neff added, "This switch in jobs is really about climate change. I expect that studying shark attacks in Australia will be less dangerous than being a lobbyist in D.C."

More information is available at www.christopherneff.com.


Press Contact: Christopher Neff, 802-922-8119

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