NAFO began limiting the region’s international skate fisheries in 2004, but quotas have remained higher than the level advised by scientists. The excessive catch limits leave room for serious overfishing, particularly for depleted thorny skates. There is also need to examine the sustainability of exceptionally vulnerable deep sea shark species that are taken incidentally in NAFO fisheries.
We’re urging NAFO Parties to reduce skate quotas to align with scientific advice, and to safeguard deep sea sharks.
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