Europe acts to protect sharks
Première transmission: 04/02/2009
Various locations (see shotlist)
Fin de production: 04/02/2009
Short international version
The images are only copyright free for a duration of 5 years as from january 2009 until january 2014. Some of the images have been provided by Greenpeace and Ocean Footage.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Ocean Footage archive (sharks)
||Spurdogs, man weights the spurdogs
||SOUNDBITE (in English): Dr. Jim Ellis, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science: Because they were targeting schools of the largest fishes, which were females and often females carrying pups, than this really did lead to a drastic reduction in the stock size. So, as far as we know, spurdog is depleted. In research vessels surveys, the catch rates go down, and it’s very quickly observed. In commercial data, in the landings dates, there is also a sharp decline.
||Man on the boat
||Greenpeace archive (dead spurdogs)
||SOUNDBITE (in Italian) by Dr. Antonio di Natale, Aquastudio: For example, they are an enormous help in limiting disease among large pelagic species. We think that many of the sick swordfish we find in the
Mediterranean would not have survived if there were still enough sharks around to cull them. They are an indispensable element of natural selection.
||Greenpeace archive (sharks, fishermen)
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Nathalie Charbonneau, Spokesperson of the European Commission: We must take specific measures for each of these species,- whether sharks or rays,- in order to ensure the fishery is sustainable. For example, we might reduce fishing levels in certain areas or during spawning periods. Juveniles also need protection.
||Man is cleaning spurdogs + Ocean footage archive (00:02:59-00:03:05)