Sharks play an essential rol in the health of our oceans

Prohibition of landing sharks – NOW!

Dead or alive? Your signature can make a difference. (foto: Peter Verhoog)

Dead or alive? (picture: Peter Verhoog)

Landing ban for sharks - NOW!

OOnce, the Dutch North Sea was the habitat of nine species of sharks. Unfortunately, populations have decreased dramatically. All sharks reproduce slowly, and gestation periods are long. On average it takes between 9-12 months for a shark to give birth to just a few young. It can take up to 15-20 years before a shark is old enough to reproduce. This makes sharks very vulnerable to overfishing. But their presence is also essential for a healthy North Sea.

Fortunately, an increasing number of organizations is aware that these beautiful, primitive creatures in our Dutch Waters have to be protected. Due to the (slowly) changing fisheries management and better fishing gear and methods, the number of sharks seems to increase. Dogfish, smooth-hounds and topes sharks are observed more often. And that is a development, that has to continue.

Sharks due not have any commercial value in Dutch fisheries. Unfortunately, the Dutch authorities have come up with a policy, that could be disastrous for sharks: the discard ban. This ban will be introduced in phases, and finally, all catches have to be landed, and that could cause the unnecessary death of these vulnerable species. Most commercial fishers do not support this new measure. They state that sharks can survive being caught and released and current research seems to confirm this. By implementing an obligation to put shark species back, the cautious recovery of sharks can be powerful driver for the recovery of these elasmobranchs.
There could be a exception for species with a high survival rate - but this still needs to be discussed. So please sign our petition for the prohibition of keeping on board, transshipping or landing of sharks to make this happen!

The signatures will be handed to Secretary of State Martijn van Dam.

The Dutch Shark Society works on projects for recovery and protection of Dutch elasmobranchs, together with a number of organizations, a.o. Sportvisserij Nederland, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Blue Linked and Stichting de Noordzee.

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Once, the Dutch North Sea was the habitat of nine species of sharks. Unfortunately, populations have decreased dramatically. All sharks reproduce slowly, and gestation periods are long. On average it takes between 9-12 months for a shark to give birth to just a few young. It can take up to 15-20 years before a shark is old enough to reproduce. This makes sharks very vulnerable to overfishing. But their presence is also essential for a healthy North Sea.

Fortunately, an increasing number of organizations is aware that these beautiful, primitive creatures in our Dutch Waters have to be protected. Due to the (slowly) changing fisheries management and better fishing gear and methods, the number of sharks seems to increase. Dogfish, smooth-hounds and topes sharks are observed more often. And that is a development, that has to continue.

Sharks due not have any commercial value in Dutch fisheries. Unfortunately, the Dutch authorities have come up with a policy, that could be disastrous for sharks: the discard ban. This ban will be introduced in phases, and finally, all catches have to be landed, and that could cause the unnecessary death of these vulnerable species. Most commercial fishers do not support this new measure. They state that sharks can survive being caught and released and current research seems to confirm this. By implementing an obligation to put shark species back, the cautious recovery of sharks can be powerful driver for the recovery of these elasmobranchs.
There could be a exception for species with a high survival rate – but this still needs to be discussed. So please sign our petition for the prohibition of keeping on board, transshipping or landing of sharks to make this happen!

The signatures will be handed to Secretary of State Martijn van Dam.

The Dutch Shark Society works on projects for recovery and protection of Dutch elasmobranchs, together with a number of organizations, a.o. Sportvisserij Nederland, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Blue Linked and Stichting de Noordzee.

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You can contact us at +31 (0) 6 12195593 Or per email at: georgina@dutchsharksociety.org

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De Dutch Shark Society is proud to be a partner of several organisations. Check out our Mission page!
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