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What’s Putting the Ocean’s Fastest Shark under Serious Pressure

Mako Shark (credit: George Schellenger, GHOF)

Mako Shark (credit: George Schellenger, GHOF)

Globally, many shark species have seen significant declines in their numbers. A three year study by researchers from Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) showed that the fishing mortality rate of the shortfin mako in the western North Atlantic is considerably higher than previously estimated from catches reported by fishermen. The project, co-funded by Virgin Unite, has revealed that 30 per cent of the mako sharks tagged were then captured and killed.

 

 

 

CLICK HERE to read the full article by The Virgin Unite Foundation.