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Spotted Ray Raja montagui, Blue Shark Prionace glauca and Whale Shark Rhincodon typus. Illustrations by Bruce Mahalski

Trends in global shark catchand recent developments in management

Spotted Ray Raja montagui, Blue Shark Prionace glauca and Whale Shark Rhincodon typus. Illustrations by Bruce Mahalski

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Published 1st May 2009

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How the world's sharks are faring

In 2006, 2007 and 2008 TRAFFIC reported on total shark[1] catch and the top 20 shark-catching countries (Lack and Sant, 2006; Anon, 2007; Lack and Sant, 2008). Those analyses have been based on the Fishstat Capture Production Database of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The purpose of these analyses has been to monitor overall trends in shark catch and to identify the main shark-catching countries.

Trends in global shark catch and recent developments in management

Report author(s):
M. Lack and G. Sant

Publication date:
May 2009


Notes:

1 Sharks refer to all species of sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras (Class Chondrichthyes).