The EU is threatening shark extinction because it “accounts for 22%” of the endangered trade.
According to a research by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the European Union (EU) is adding to the threat of shark extinction because the union “accounts for 22 percent” of shark meat commerce (WWF).
Shark meat is made from the flesh of ocean predators and is popular in Asia, as well as Iceland, Japan, Australia, India, Canada, Sri Lanka, and parts of Africa and Mexico. Sharks like the shortfin mako shark and the requiem shark are fished for human food, but others like the thresher shark and porbeagles are threatened with extinction. Each year, up to 100 million sharks and rays are killed, with some populations declining by more than 95 percent as a result of overfishing.
According to WWF experts, EU imports and exports account for 22% of worldwide shark flesh commerce.
Spain was discovered to be the biggest exporter of shark flesh, shipping it to 85 different nations and territories, while Italy was the top importer.
The ray meat network’s three most prominent bridging traders are also claimed to be EU members.
France, Spain, and the Netherlands are said to be crucial players in this worldwide network, and their actions could have a significant impact on how much meat is trafficked and how much it costs.
“Sharks and rays are under threat,” said Dr Antonia Leroy, head of ocean policy at the WWF European Policy Office.
“The EU has legal weapons to defend them, but it must maintain the sharpness of those weapons by strengthening and effectively enforcing them.”
According to the WWF, transparency and traceability are required from the moment sharks or rays are caught until they reach the end of the supply chain.
This will ensure that commerce is legal and managed, allowing customers to make informed decisions and preventing endangered animals from being sold.
“As the world’s largest fish market, the EU must not be complicit in making seafood products available that could push species to extinction,” Dr. Leroy continued.
Experts also cautioned that some people may be unknowingly consuming shark flesh.
It’s supposed to be sold as “saumonette” in France, “Palombo” in Italy, and “rock salmon” in the United Kingdom.
“We are eating more shark and ray meat than we realize,” said Simon Niedermueller of the WWF’s Mediterranean Marine Initiative. Brinkwire Summary News