November 15, 2011 Featured Article Read More →

Less than 1% of Atlantic sharks protected

According to an Oceana report only a tiny fraction of Atlantic sharks – less than 1% – are under protection even though most shark species are heading towards extinction.

Officials from 48 Atlantic fishing countries are meeting in Istanbul this week to try to protect bluefin tuna, swordfish and other large fish, but existing conservation efforts are only saving a tiny proportion of sharks, the report asserts.

"It’s just the tip of the iceberg, and there are a lot of shark species, many of them vulnerable species, that are still being caught and killed," said Elizabeth Griffin Wilson, a senior scientist at Oceana.

Conservation groups at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (Iccat) meeting are pushing for a ban on the catch of porbeagle and silky sharks – which are at extreme risk – as well as catch limits on other species.

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