No balance currently exists between the hugely successful Atlantic shark conservation and management of Atlantic shark fisheries – people fishing, jobs, food markets, experiences, and economics. Balance is needed.
Shark depredation of angler-hooked fish from all platforms is occurring at unseen rates. Sharks damage gear, ruins fishing experiences, and causes negative economic impacts to the fishery and associated services. It is no longer safe to swim between boats, as sometimes needed for a crew member to help with a companion vessel’s problem. Shark depredation will lessen only when fewer sharks remain in the water, which can be achieved with a reinvigoration of a profitable bottom longline shark fishery and market.
The U.S. management of Atlantic sharks needs balancing. Change is needed, help TBF bring about change!