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Conservation news mongabay.com 25 Nov, 2021 22:15 am

Advocates welcome halt to shortfin mako shark fishing, call for longer ban

Advocates welcome halt to shortfin mako shark fishing, call for longer ban
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Nations have agreed to effectively ban the fishing of endangered shortfin mako sharks in the North Atlantic from 2022 to 2023.It’s estimated that shortfin mako shark populations in the North Atlantic will decline by 60% over the next decade.A full retention ban on shortfin mako sharks in the North Atlantic — meaning fishers will not be allowed to land the sharks, even those caught accidentally — will take effect in 2022 and extend into 2023.After that, fishing nations in the North Atlantic will only be able to land a combined 250 metric tons of shortfin mako sharks each year.

While the global population of mako sharks is unknown, stock assessments have shown that the population in the Mediterranean has declined by 96%, and the North Atlantic population is expected to decline by 60% over the next decade.In 2017, the SCRS recommended an immediate and full retention ban on mako sharks in the North Atlantic, arguing that only this action would provide at least a 70% probability for rebuilding stock of the species by 2070.

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