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Permanent Fishing Ban Set for White Shark Conservation

30 January 2014

MEXICO - As part of the management policy for shark fishing in Mexican waters and in order to protect the reproduction and development of the species, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) has established a permanent fishing ban for white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in national waters under federal jurisdiction.

This was announced by the Secretariat in the Official Gazette, which states that white sharks that are caught incidentally during fishing operations should be released back to the sea.

The biological and fisheries research in Mexico by the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) indicate that the white shark is a slow-growing species with low reproductive potential and longevity, making it a vulnerable resource.

The ban came into force on 28 January.

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