There has been long-standing global concern for shark and ray populations under pressure from consumer demand for their fins, meat, skin, and liver oil.
Historically, most fisheries have taken place in the absence of even the most basic forms of management. In 2014, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group assessed the conservation status of over 100 shark and ray species, finding that there is a severe lack of data on sharks and rays at large, almost a quarter are threatened with extinction, and that overfishing and habitat loss are the biggest threats to their survival.
Banning shark fin trade will breed a powerful illegal market that will overshadow conservation efforts. Traceability systems are the only answer to over-exploitationGlenn Sant, Fisheries Programme Leader
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