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Author: Neha Jain
Source: Global News Canada
Author: Alexander Quon
Even the mako shark, the fastest species of shark in the world, can’t outpace overfishing.
According to new scientific research, the population of the mako shark — one of the apex predators in the region — is in severe decline in regions of the North Atlantic Ocean.
New Population Assessment Reveals Serious Overfishing in North Atlantic
Conservation groups are calling for national and international protections for shortfin mako sharks based on a new scientific assessment that finds the North Atlantic population has been depleted and is continuing to be seriously overfished. The shortfin mako – the world’s fastest shark — is sought for meat, fins, and sport, but most fishing countries impose no limits on catch. An upcoming international fisheries meeting presents a critical opportunity to protect the species.
Conservation Groups Call On Mediterranean Officials to Better Enforce Protections
ICCAT fishery managers aim to cap North Atlantic blue shark catch as momentum to ban at-sea fin removal grows
Fishing nations gathered for the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have taken a small yet unprecedented step toward establishing limits on blue shark catches from the North Atlantic, but failed to act on scientific advice to do the same for the South Atlantic. Countries also mounted an extraordinary effort to strengthen the international ban on shark “finning” that was eventually thwarted by Japan and China.