Shortfin Mako Sharks need your help!

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Since 2014 The Shark Trust has been working to stop overfishing of No Limits? sharks: Blue Sharks, Shortfin Mako, Tope, smoothhounds and catsharks.  It’s a long-haul campaign and they cannot and will not rest until all these species have adequate catch limits put in place. We must ensure these sharks are managed responsibly. Before it’s too late.

Shark Trust followers have shown huge support for ending uncontrolled shark fishing. Together they’ve secured a phenomenal 174,000 petition signatures! And this created waves. The support aided the adoption of a binding Recommendation at ICCAT 2017. Now, live makos caught in the North Atlantic are required to be released. A great step forward. But it’s not enough.

Shortfin Makos are in serious trouble. Even if landings are cut to zero, they only have a 54% chance of recovery by 2040. A complete ban on retaining Shortfin Mako needs to be implemented. This is the goal for 2018 but The Shark Trust needs your help…

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Let’s show Atlantic shark fishing nations we’re watching their actions!

The next annual ICCAT meeting is in November 2018. Ahead of this they invite you to show your support by joining #Move4Makos!

Join The Shark Trust in moving 1 mile in support of the Shortfin Mako. You can run, cycle, swim, climb, beach clean, eggcase hunt or take the dog for a walk. Whatever gets you moving! Take a photo of yourself, or something that represents your activity. Then upload this, along with details of your #Move4Makos, to the campaign website.

Each person can only submit 1 mile. And The Shark Trust is aiming for at least 6000 miles. So why not get your friends and family to join in?

At the same time The Shark Trust be working with their Shark League colleagues; urging politicians and managers to stick with their commitments and ensure fishing pressure is reduced.

► Click here to visit the No Limits? website and find out more about #Move4Makos

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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