Decision to halt shark fishing welcomed

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The Shark Alliance has applauded the decision by parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to halt targeted fishing of vulnerable sharks in the Southern Ocean.

Concern over the wasteful practice of shark finning, as well as increased fishing for exceptionally slow growing deepwater sharks in the region, prompted France to propose action that led to the moratorium.

Shark fishing will be prohibited at least until the status of shark populations and the effects of fishing them are assessed. CCAMLR is also encouraging the release of sharks caught incidentally as