Impact of Gillnets on Sharks

Dr. Rachel Graham has extensively studied shark and ray populations in Belize.

Dr. Rachel Graham has extensively studied shark and ray populations in Belize.

Sharks are a major target of gillnetting with shark fins representing the major cash crop. In 2007, Dr. Rachel Graham, Ph.D. estimated that 1.7 million pounds of shark meat and 16,000 pounds of shark fins were illegally taken from Belizean waters annually and sold in Guatemala.

Read Dr. Graham’s 2007 report here: https://maralliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RPT_Vulnerability-of-sharks_RGraham.pdf .