Losing sharks and rays will have unintended consequences

Losing sharks and rays will have unintended consequences

12.9.2019

Losing sharks and rays will have unintended consequences

LETTER | These are the top ocean predators that help to balance the ecosystems.

They need to take action to stop the decline in shark populations and help ensure that the list of species threatened by overfishing and over finning does not continue to grow.

Malaysia does not concede to the proposal by Cites on grounds that those types of fish are only by-catches, and not specifically hunted down. How it arrived at this position is based on the views of shark experts in Southeast Asia.

This is rather unfortunate that sharks are defined as fish. The high market demand for shark fin is currently the main driver of unsustainable fishing for sharks. Many shark species are now threatened and continue to decline because of unregulated fishing.

Whether a by-catch or a targeted species, few controls are in place to limit the harvest levels of all sharks in East Malaysia and it is unclear whether the current levels of extraction are sustainable for all or certain shark species.

What is needed is a total ban on shark fishing, not just shark finning.

Read more: malaysiakini.com

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