Highly migratory sharks are in danger from industrialized fishing fleets, according to a major new international study published in the journal Nature. The researchers have found that 24% of the mean monthly space used by sharks globally falls under the footprint of pelagic longline fisheries. This means that about a quarter of shark habitats fall within active fishing zones, presenting a threat to these iconic ocean predators and demonstrating an urgent need for conservation efforts to protect declining pelagic shark populations, they say.
The French members of the team are from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Agence de Recherche pour la Biodiversité à la Réunion (ARBRE).
Read the research paper: Nuno Queiroz et al. Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries, Nature 10.1038/s41586-019-1444-4