A new report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature states that more than 40% of sharks and their cousins, rays and chimaeras, currently living in European waters are in danger of extinction.
The full report – published here – goes on to list overfishing and bycatch as two of the main contributing factors.
“It is alarming that many commercially and ecologically important species continue to be at risk in Europe,” Simon Stuart, the chair of the IUCN’s species survival commission, said. “We need to take urgent action to reduce target and incidental catches of threatened species, and to set and enforce fishing quotas based on scientific understanding of population declines.”
Urgent action indeed.