Greenpeace is warning of the results of commercial longline fishing on shark populations after its activists confiscated fishing gear from two vessels within the North Atlantic, one in all which was working in a Marine Protected Space.
The NGO introduced that its activists aboard the Arctic Dawn working within the North Atlantic waters confiscated 30 kilometers of commercial fishing gear and 286 hooks from two European industrial longline fishing vessels, Segundo Ribel and Siempre Perla.
The longliner vessels from Spain had been fishing for sharks and swordfish. Previous evaluation of whole catches of swordfish and blue sharks within the North Atlantic reveals that the approximate ratio of blue shark catches in comparison with swordfish is one swordfish for each 5 blue sharks.
The crew managed to launch a blue shark, seven swordfish and different marine life caught on the traces. The activists in whole discovered seven swordfish, one blue shark, one sea bream, one barracuda and two lengthy snouted lancefish, all of which had been safely launched again into the water.
Greenpeace reckons that the whole size of line within the water on a median fishing day is 1,200 kilometers, which means that the 30 kilometers of longline recovered is simply 2.5 % of the whole. A typical fishing day within the North Atlantic additionally includes an estimated 15,500-28,000 hooks within the water.
One of many vessels was working within the Milne Seamount Complicated, a marine protected space. Though longlining is authorized inside the complicated, it has opposed impacts on the ecosystem, demonstrating the necessity for a powerful treaty to correctly shield excessive seas from industrial fishing, in keeping with Greenpeace. There are presently no rules limiting longline measurement or hook utilization within the Atlantic waters.
“We may solely confiscate a tiny proportion of the longlines, however what we discovered makes clear the horrors of commercial fishing. What’s the purpose in defending a spot if environmental destruction like that is nonetheless allowed? Protected areas like this are an ideal instance of the damaged establishment: protected on paper, however not on the water,” mentioned Maria José Caballero, Greenpeace España oceans campaigner.
Greenpeace contends that overfishing of sharks within the North Atlantic waters is more and more endangering the species, with blue sharks being essentially the most generally fished sharks. Spanish and Portuguese fleets are primarily answerable for the overwhelming majority of landings, in keeping with the NGO.
The group is looking on leaders to finalize a World Ocean Treaty at UN negotiations in August. Failure to agree on a powerful treaty will make it virtually not possible to guard a minimum of 30 % of the world’s oceans absolutely by 2030, they argued. Scientists say that is the minimal required to present the oceans area to get better.
“The European Union and its member states like Spain declare they’re champions of ocean safety, whereas their fishing fleets trigger environmental hurt at sea. It’s hypocrisy on an industrial scale. We want a powerful World Ocean Treaty to be finalized this August, which modifications how excessive seas fishing is managed, to present the oceans an opportunity to get better,” added Caballero.
Since 1970, the worldwide abundance of oceanic sharks and rays has declined by a staggering 71 % with an 18-fold improve in relative fishing strain, in keeping with a current Greenpeace examine. The report reveals that regardless of the transition of the North Atlantic fishery from swordfish to shark, rules haven’t saved tempo, and a rising marketplace for shark merchandise is fueling demand.