Local drivers of declining shark fisheries in India

Karnad, Divya, Sutaria, Dipani, and Jabado, Rima W. (2020) Local drivers of declining shark fisheries in India. Ambio, 49 (2). pp. 616-627.

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This study evaluates local-scale drivers of shark harvests in India, one of the world's largest shark fishing nations. Focusing on key harbours in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, which together contribute 54% of India's shark harvest, this study uses a semi-structured survey to examine the practices of shark fishers and traders, their knowledge of shark trade and policy, and perceptions of shark declines. Findings indicate that a domestic market for shark meat is presently the main local driver for harvests rather than the global trade in shark fins. Sharks are mostly non-target catch, landed whole, contributing to the protein needs of coastal communities. Consumer demand is the greatest for small-bodied and juvenile sharks. Perceived steep declines in shark numbers and sizes have had economic impacts on fishers and traders. The unregulated domestic market for shark meat is a key challenge requiring nuanced local approaches that diverge from global shark conservation priorities.

Item ID: 62394
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1654-7209
Keywords: Conservation policy, Fishing community, Interviews, Management, Trade
Copyright Information: © Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2019
Funders: Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), WWF India
Projects and Grants: SOSF Grant Number 282, WWF India Small Grant 2013 Phase I
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 07:33
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3005 Fisheries sciences > 300505 Fisheries management @ 100%
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