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Over 50 percent of oceanic shark species threatened with extinction
Date:5/22/2008

ow based at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. This does not have to be an inevitability. With sufficient public support and resulting political will, we can turn the tide."

The groups specific recommendations for governments address the need to:

  • Establish and enforce science-based catch limits for sharks and rays
  • Ensure an end to shark finning (removing fins and discarding bodies at sea)
  • Improve the monitoring of fisheries taking sharks and rays
  • Invest in shark and ray research and population assessment
  • Minimize incidental catch (bycatch) of sharks and rays
  • Cooperate with other countries to conserve shared populations.

The traditional view of oceanic sharks and rays as fast and powerful too often leads to a misperception that they are resilient to fishing pressure, said Sonja Fordham, co-author of the paper and Deputy Chair, IUCN Shark Specialist Group and Policy Director, Shark Alliance. Despite mounting evidence of decline and increasing threats to these species, there are no international catch limits for oceanic sharks. Our research shows that action is urgently needed on a global level if these fisheries are to be sustainable.


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