Tuesday 16 February 2021

BBC: How Congo-Brazzaville's shark population came under threat


Fishermen standing by their boatIMAGE COPYRIGHTCHRISTOPHER CLARK

Shark fishermen from the central African country Congo-Brazzaville say they are catching fewer fish and an increasing number of juveniles in a sign that stocks are coming under pressure.

The practice is largely unregulated contrary to a raft of international recommendations, and environmental groups are beginning to raise the alarm.

In the 1980s and 1990s, it was primarily driven by the burgeoning demand for fins from Asia, where shark fin soup was a popular dish. 

But in more recent years, the steady depletion of other staple fish stocks by foreign industrial trawlers has led Congo's fishermen and coastal communities to increasingly rely on shark meat as a source of food

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