Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
5 minute read
23 Mar 2021
4:37 pm

SA’s hake fisheries accused of threatening sharks, rays, skates

Nica Richards

There are 17 shark species under threat from trawl fisheries, says WildTrust.

Wildtrust said recently it was worried about hake fisheries’ impacts on sharks and rays, citing a 'lack of recognition of the extent and severity of the threat and the insufficient measures in place to mitigate significant risk to these species'.

An NGO has recently voiced its mistrust of Marine Steward Council (MSC) certification processes in the South African Hake Trawl Fishery, an opinion that could have consumers concerned.  WildTrust said it was worried about hake fisheries’ impacts on sharks and rays, citing a “lack of recognition of the extent and severity of the threat and the insufficient measures in place to mitigate significant risk to these species”. WildOceans marine scientist Dr Jennifer Olbers said there is little understanding of shark, skate and ray by-catch by South African hake trawlers, which is made worse by species caught not being accuratelyrecorded.  “Furthermore,...