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December 12, 2019 1 min read

The NOAA has decided to increase protections of mako sharks in US Atlantic waters. The decision is based on the latest fishery stock assessments done by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in late 2017, which show that mako shark populations in the N. Atlantic are overfished and overfishing is still occurring. A recent paper by GHRI was presented at the 2017 ICCAT meeting and influenced the stock assessments to take place.

Although the landings reductions are currently a voluntary measure, it is understood that NOAA is in the process of making an emergency rule which is anticipated to become law in early 2018.

To read the Guy Harvey Research Institutes findings, visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28768885/

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