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Parliamentary questions
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21 December 2018
E-006454-18
Question for written answer E-006454-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Doru-Claudian Frunzulică (S&D)

 Subject:  Conservation of the mako shark
 Answer in writing 

The European Union has long been a global advocate of sustainable fisheries. Targeted for their meat and fins, stocks of the mako shark have plummeted over time: by 96% in the Mediterranean, 60% in the Atlantic Ocean and 69% in the Pacific Ocean. As we risk fishing these creatures to extinction, it is incumbent on the EU and the Member States, as the shark’s biggest catchers in the Atlantic, to ensure the species is protected.

Given that sustainable shark fisheries and the reduction of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) are at the core of the EU’s policy to protect the oceans, what steps does the Commission envisage to prevent a total population collapse of shark species and facilitate the sustainable catching and trade of sharks?

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