Cutting fins off sharks is not illegal in Indonesia, but the practice of finning them at sea, and throwing their helpless bodies back overboard, is believed to be one of the biggest threats to shark populations. Indonesia is believed to kill more sharks than any other nation on earth.
Photos have emerged showing how gill nets on the Great Barrier Reef are leading to dozens of sharks being killed. “There is nothing illegal in any of these images and in some ways that makes them more disturbing”.
One of the smallest mackerel sharks is the porbeagle—on average less than two meters long—and it’s one of the most critically endangered species of shark, too.
A new study published in Marine Policy this month has shown that less than a quarter of the commercial elasmobranchs (species of sharks, rays and skates) are adequately accounted for in fisheries data from the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Total number of sharks and rays caught annually by small-scale fisheries in the South West Indian Ocean is estimated to be 2,500,000 individuals — 73% more than officially reported.
A new study reveals that 97 per cent of the sharks and rays caught and brought to market domestically by fleets from the European, North African and Middle Eastern countries that surround the Mediterranean and Black seas are not reported by species.
The data is instrumental in creating a baseline and reference for levels of heavy metals present in the blood of white sharks in South Africa. Considering many populations of large sharks are experiencing declines across the globe, it is important to understand the impact of toxic metals, if any, in …
Human appetites are pushing makos and other iconic sharks to the brink of extinction, scientists warned in a new assessment of the apex predator’s conservation status.
This 18-year study provided new insights into the diverse ways that a marine ecosystem can be altered following the loss of an apex predator.
Endangered sharks are being sold as food in the United Kingdom, according to experts, with the marine animals even turning up in fish and chip shops.
Just how many sharks are being killed here is unclear, experts say, because so many are caught illegally. But according to one study, about a half-million sharks were annually killed in Ecuadoran waters from 1979 to 2004. In the Galapagos, recent research indicates overfishing is causing shark numbers to crash, …
Consumers need to stop demanding shark fin soup and other products in the absence of robust laws and sustainable practices regulating shark overfishing, research co-authored by the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC has found.