Why the shark population of Congo-Brazzaville is threatened

  • Christopher Clark et Shaun Swingler
  • Congo-Brazzaville

Shark fishermen in Congo-Brazzaville claim they are catching less prises and an increasing number of young fish, a sign that stocks are under pressure.

This fishery is largely unregulated, in violation of a series of international recommendations, and environmental groups are starting to sound the alarm bells.

In the 1980s and 1990s, it was primarily driven by the growing demand for shark fins from Asia, where shark fin soup was a popular dish.

But in recent years, depletion of other staple fish stocks by foreign industrial trawlers has led Congo’s fishermen and coastal communities to increasingly depend on shark meat as a source of food.

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