Press

Sharks are regularly vilified by the media and the Shark Trust hopes that by providing up to date, accessible, fact-based material we can encourage responsible reporting.

Sharks make an easy target for dramatic headlines but in reality humans pose a much greater risk to sharks than they do to us.

Our No Limits? campaign raises awareness about the alarming scale of shark mortality caused by EU fisheries, and we hope that media involved in the campaign will help to generate public support for shark conservation and help secure science-based catch limits for our No Limits? sharks.

The Shark Trust has worked with a range of media formats including live television, documentaries and radio productions.

Contact

To find out more about the No Limits? campaign please contact Ali Hood (Shark Trust Director of Conservation) on +44 (0)7855 386083.


Press Releases

All No Limits? press releases can be downloaded below as Word documents:

No Limits to shark exploitation – 27 May 2014 (Word Document)

Sharks: No Limits? No Future! – 01 July 2014 (Word Document)

Sharks: among the world’s most threatened vertebrates – 21 January 2014 (Word Document)

 

Why Are Limits Needed?

No Limits?

No Future!

In 2012 over 280,000t* of
sharks were reported landed
globally. The actual total
catch is likely to be 3 to 4
times higher
. EU vessels are
responsible for just over
40% of the reported
landings.

*roughly equivalent to 21,000 double decker buses.

Reported EU Landings

Atlantic & Med | To the nearest 100 Tonnes
Rollover sharks for numbers | 2000 - 2012

* conservative estimate of number of individual sharks based on reported landings

Over 97%

Of sharks caught and landed from the
Atlantic and Med are No Limits? species (2012)
(>6,400,000 sharks - conservative estimate based on reported landings)

92% Blue Shark

Percentage of reported Blue Shark landings from the Atlantic attributed to the EU fleet (2012)

(> 89% attributed to Spain)

A typical pelagic longliner sets:
3000 hooks, on 200 longlines, up to 60 miles long

Longline Fishing Boats

The largest EU shark fisheries are fished by pelagic longliners targeting tuna and swordfish.

Over
88%

of longline catches can be sharks.
In coastal waters trawlers and gillnets
also catch sharks in substantial
numbers

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Sign the petition and support the Shark Trust's call for an end to uncontrolled shark fishing. No Limits? No Future.

SIGN PETITION
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Atlantic
Shark Landings

121,370
124,140
98,894
97,751
96,776
86,932
91,998
97,073
99,876
105,858
123,576
138,739
139,736
84,709
88,149
67,871
66,871
67,518
57,332
56,549
61,300
64,254
72,285
90,152
102,502
105,527
37,432
32,473
28,345
30,416
31,534
31,938
35,853
41,393
46,698
52,801
71,746
87,694
91,329