Sunday, November 15, 2009

Juvenile shark landings raise concern

From PRETOMA...Nov. 12, 2009

The Authority on Aquatic Resources of Panama (ARAP) expressed worry over the fishing of small-sized sharks - newborn and juvenile - in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.This practice seems to be spurred by the fact that, in some markets, the meat of those fish fetch higher prices than mature specimens....The ARAP informed that the most often targeted species are the hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, sharpnose, horn, latigo, tiger, thresher, blackspot, silky and galagensis, Pueblo en Linea reports.Rodriguez recalled that problems with the populations of scalloped hammerhead (Sphyman lewini) exist in Panama and in several central America countries. For this reason, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) plans on including the species on an alert listing.

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