Project AWARE is at DEMA Show 2017 looking to make an impact on the overfishing of Atlantic shortfin mako sharks. Currently there are no catch limits for these fish, and countries such as Egypt, South Africa, and the United States are the target of Project AWARE’s efforts.
The shortfin mako is highly sought after for its meat, fins, and for sport fishing, making it exceptionally vulnerable. In the coming weeks, Project AWARE will be meeting with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to discuss creating catch limits for these shortfin makos, and ultimately working towards creating a ban on landing them altogether.
— Sarah Barrett