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Fowler Says Fishers Switching to Sharks
November 15, 2006 - Seaspan
By Polita Glynn

In an interview with Reuters, Sarah Fowler, Pew Fellow and co-chair of the World Conservation Union's shark specialist group, addressed the issue of how fishers in some parts of the world are increasingly turning their attention to sharks and that over-fishing now threatens 20 percent of the world's 547 shark and ray species with extinction. Fowler was quoted by reporters at a news conference in Beijing, stating that in Europe, as important fisheries like cod become increasingly regulated, fishermen can switch to shark and ray fisheries which have no management. She also said that on the high seas, as tuna stocks are depleted, sharks are becoming increasingly important in catches.

Source: Ben Blanchard, Reuters, 8 November 2006

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