•Loss and devastation of shark populations around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost because of longlining.
•Unsustainable fishery. The massive quantity of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete shark populations faster than their reproductive abilities can replenish populations.
• Threatens the stability of marine ecosystems.
•Loss of sharks as a food staple for many developing countries.
• Local waters are invaded by large industrial, foreign fishing vessels that threaten traditional sustainable fisheries.
•Threatens socio-economically important recreational fisheries.
• Obstructs the collection of species-specific data that are essential for monitoring catches and implementing sustainable fisheries management.
• Wasteful of protein and other shark-based products. Up to 99 per cent of the shark is thrown away.
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