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OVERFISHING MAY BE HURT­ING THE MAKO SHARK

Canadian Wildlife - - FEATURES - Com­piled and edited by Kat Eschner

Keep­ing you up-to-date on what’s hap­pen­ing in re­search, in con­ser­va­tion and in the wild right now

Us­ing satel­lite teleme­try, re­searchers in the North At­lantic fol­lowed 40 mako sharks over three years. What they found sug­gests fish­ing lim­its should be set for th­ese fast-mov­ing, highly mi­gra­tory shark species. Com­pound­ing the ef­fects of overfishing is that mako are also of­ten caught as a byprod­uct of fish­ing for other species. “The fish­ing mor­tal­ity rates we ob­served were well above those pre­vi­ously re­ported for mako sharks in the North At­lantic,” the re­searchers wrote. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

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