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India: Third largest shark catcher in world from 2007-2017: TRAFFIC report by Badri Chatterjee September 12,2019   |  Source: Hindustan Times

India has been identified as the third-largest shark catcher in the world after Indonesia and Spain. According to a report by wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC that was released on Wednesday, India caught an average of 67,391 metric tonnes (MT) of sharks every year, between 2007 and 2017. While catching protected species of sharks is prohibited in India, shark fishing in general is legal.

The annual estimates by TRAFFIC, collated using UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) data, contrasted with the annual data from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research - Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), which estimates 21,154 tonnes of sharks were caught along the Indian coastline in 2018, 19,777 tonnes in 2017, and 23,002 tonnes in 2016.

TRAFFIC’s report found Indonesia caught the most sharks – with an annual average of 1,10,737 MT– followed by Spain (78,443 MT) and India (67,391 MT). In its 2013 study, TRAFFIC had found that between 2002 and 2011, India ranked second after Indonesia in terms of global catches of sharks. Spain occupied the third spot. “It is imperative that India moves forward with a fully implemented national action plan for sharks to enable better understanding of what catches are occurring and to address overfishing of

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