Blue sharks raise growing interest among fishermen in Canary Islands
Friday, March 27, 2015, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
A working group of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is meeting this week in the Oceanography Centre of the Canary Islands of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) to prepare the next assessment of the blue shark (Prionace glauca).
The international group chose IEO facilities in the Canary Islands for this meeting as for over 40 years the Spanish research on central Atlantic tuna and swordfish fisheries -- with which the blue shark is associated -- has been led from this Centre.
Tuna fleets and especially longline fishing vessels catching swordfish have traditionally been capturing the blue shark as by-catch, but in recent years it has become the second target species for these fleets because its market price makes it attractive.
Fishermen adapt their fishing strategy and modify the traditional gear for the swordfish (on t... FULL STORY