Global shark declines are driven by international demand for shark fins and meat, coupled with widespread lack of management for both the catch and trade of shark species. While many place the burden of change on the consumptive countries, primarily in Asia, equally responsible for these declines are countries with internationally operating fishing fleets and trade in shark products.
IFAW developed this study to examine the role of the European Union (EU) in the global shark trade and steps needed to ensure that the EU becomes a positive player ceasing its contribution to the decline of shark species, as well as providing recommendations for the way forward.
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