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EU fishing fleets fuel the global shark trade
In this report from Greenpeace Spain and Greenpeace UK, we chart the evolution of shark fishing in the North Atlantic, tracking the painful downward trajectory of shark populations and the resulting impacts on ocean health.
We reveal the failure of policymakers to act responsibly, exposing their reluctance to prioritize the health of the oceans and the communities that depend on it, while revealing how industry dominates decision-making in the pursuit profit.
We examine the ever more efficient and destructive approach of the fishing industry, including the targeting of juvenile sharks and the increasing efficiency of fishing gear.
We offer recommendations that will turn the tide, emphasizing the EU’s responsibility to take more progressive policy positions in relevant multilateral fora and lead the way in protecting the oceans.
- The EU offshore fleets of Portugal and Spain deliberately target the breeding grounds of juvenile (baby) sharks.
- The EU, as well as the Spanish and Portuguese governments, have both consistently resisted attempts to improve the management of this fishery due to lobbying from their respective fishing industries, despite claiming to be world champions of oceans on the world stage.
- On an average fishing day in the North Atlantic, there are 1,200 km of fishing wire in the water, with around 15,000 to 28,000 hooks.
- This fishery is the perfect showcase of how Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) are failing the oceans. Here, ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) has never succeeded in protecting sharks and our oceans from the multiple threats they face.
- The solution is a global ocean treaty to fix the broken global ocean management system. A treaty must be finalized at the UN in August this year, otherwise it will be impossible to protect 30% of our planet’s oceans by 2030.
Download the Greenpeace Spain and Greenpeace UK report:
Hooked on sharks – EU fishing fleets fuel the global shark trade