BLUE SHARKS WITH­OUT BOR­DERS

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Blue Sharks -

Blue sharks are the world’s most heav­ily fished sharks. Be­cause they roam across in­ter­na­tional bor­ders, they are hard to pro­tect. A stag­ger­ing 60,000 tonnes was landed from the At­lantic alone in 2015, yet there are no catch lim­its. In the north-east At­lantic, blue sharks are cov­ered by an EU reg­u­la­tion prevent­ing the re­moval of fins at sea, but loop­holes mean the prac­tice con­tin­ues, and there is also a grow­ing mar­ket for shark meat in the EU. On top of this, a vast in­ter­na­tional fish­ing fleet ze­roes in on the same pro­duc­tive ar­eas as the sharks, leav­ing them vul­ner­a­ble to waste­ful by­catch, es­pe­cially in long-line fish­eries. The Shark Trust is call­ing for lim­its to catches of blue sharks, as well as for short­fin mako, tope, smooth-hounds and cat­sharks, none of which are reg­u­lated.

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