Petition: Stop uncontrolled shark fishing now!
Europe is a significant global shark fishing power with three EU Member States among the world's top twenty shark fishing nations. Between 2000 and 2012 EU vessels accounted for just over 40% of all reported global shark landings, with 88% of that catch taken from Atlantic waters, yet there are no EU or international limits on the catch or trade of many species. The Trust's No Limits? campaign highlights the urgent need for science-based catch limits for Blue Sharks, Shortfin Mako, Tope, smoothhounds and catsharks - species accounting for over 97% of all reported Atlantic shark landings.
We the undersigned call on national governments, the European Commission and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (high seas regulators) to acknowledge that management is urgently required for all commercially exploited elasmobranch species and to implement and enforce science-based catch limits without delay.
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