Migratory Sharks Face Intense Fishing Pressure

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Juliet Eilperin


11/22/2010 - Putting a number on Atlantic shark fishing for the first time, an advocacy group reported that more than 1.3 million migratory sharks were caught in 2008, a finding that activists are using to press for international catch limits.

The main catches - blue sharks and short-fin makos - are not endangered, but most other migratory sharks caught in the Atlantic are classified as threatened with extinction by the Interational Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Sue Lieberman, deputy director of the Pew Environment Group, an advocacy group, said she hoped influential EU members such as France and Spain will rethink their position and push for bolder measures, such as suspending fishing in the eastern Atlantic and in the tuna's spawning grounds in the western Atlantic, such as the Gulf of Mexico.

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