Tuna Fishing Countries Vow to Protect Shark

Publication: Agence France-Presse


11/19/2011 - Countries involved in bluefin tuna fishing have decided to do more to protect a species of shark against collateral killing, environmental groups said Saturday.

Elizabeth Griffin Wilson of the Oceana group said the 48-state International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) had ruled that tuna fishermen who find a silky shark in their nets must put it back in the sea.

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The US Pew Environment Group also praised the decision, while deploring the fact that another shark, the porbeagle, was not similarly protected.

Marine protection groups claim that three-quarters of migratory shark species that inhabit bluefin fishing areas are threatened with extinction.

Pew wants fishermen to use new materials that allow sharks to escape, such as nylon fishing lines that can be severed by a shark but not a tuna.

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