Biodiversity

Endangered sharks face a future without refuge from industrial ships

Sharks are at major risk from longline fishing. Image: REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

David Sims

Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Southampton

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A shortfin mako shark glides near the ocean’s surface.
A shortfin mako shark glides near the ocean’s surface. Image: Neil Hammerschlag, Author provided
A tiger shark with a fin-mounted satellite transmitter.
A tiger shark with a fin-mounted satellite transmitter. Image: Neil Hammerschlag, Author provided
The satellite tracks of shark movements in the world’s oceans.
The satellite tracks of shark movements in the world’s oceans. Image: David Sims, Author provided
The hotspots of many pelagic sharks overlapped with longline fishing activity.
The hotspots of many pelagic sharks overlapped with longline fishing activity. Image: David Sims, Author provided
A blue shark caught by a longline fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean.
A blue shark caught by a longline fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. Image: Marine Biological Association, Author provided

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