EU: More Protection for Porbeagle sharks

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
25. October 2011

At the 3120th meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg on October 21,
the council strengthens protective measures for porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus).

Fishing for this endangered species is banned in international waters but not in all EU waters:
the regulation thus extends the ban to all EU waters.

Below is the related quote from the official press release by the Council of the European Union:

Adjustment of fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks for 2011

The Council adopted an amendment to regulations 57/2011 and 754/2009 as regards the protection

of the species “porbeagle”, certain total allowable catches (TACs) and certain fishing effort limits

set for the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland (14490/11).

Regulation 57/2011 fixes for 2011 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks applicable in EU

waters and, for EU vessels, in certain non-EU waters. That regulation prohibits fishing for

porbeagle in international waters. However in view of the possible change in the status of this

species under the CITES convention (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)

the amendment provides for consistent protection in some areas within EU waters where porbeagle

catches had hitherto been unrestricted.

Source / PDF : PRESS RELEASE (Provisional Version) 3120th Council meeting Agriculture and Fisheries



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