Shortfin Mako

No catch limits for Shortfin Mako © Charles Hood.

No catch limits for Shortfin Mako © Charles Hood.

Shortfin Mako, Isurus oxyrinchus

Red List status: Vulnerable

Conservation status: The Shortfin Mako is highly vulnerable as its life history is more conservative than other shark species – producing few young and maturing late.

Commercial importance: An important bycatch for pelagic longliners fishing for tuna and swordfish – highly prized for meat.

Management: Require management on an international scale through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).

Habitat and ecology: Pelagic (open water species) known to undertake seasonal migrations following warmer waters (preferring 17-20°C), although they are largely solitary.

General information: Litters of 4-25 pups have been reported after a gestation of between 15-18 months, they reproduce every 2-3 years and have a life-span of approximately 32 years. Fisheries data is inadequate for this species: most catches are poorly recorded and underestimated.


 

We urgently need catch limits for:

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.

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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