Friday, July 12, 2024

Greenland Sharks Are Now Under Increased International Protection

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An international body recently banned the Greenland shark from intentional catch and bycatch in international waters.

The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) made the decision in September.

Shark Advocates International President Sonja Fordham told Mongabay:

“It was a long time coming, but not a long time in the life of a Greenland shark. We were glad that it finally went through, and it’s the first for that kind of protection for NAFO.”

While Greenland sharks were up until recently thought by scientists to live only in Arctic waters, one was spotted earlier this year near a Caribbean reef.

John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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