EU: More Protection for Porbeagle sharksHelmut 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.