Mindelo, July 12 (Inforpress) – The expansion of shark fisheries within Cabo Verde’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) should be “gradual and controlled” and take into account the “biological vulnerability” of sharks, an INDP study concluded.
The document on Shark Fishery, which was carried out by technicians from the Institute for Fisheries Development (INDP) and also includes the elaboration of a Management and Conservation Plan for Sharks, which will be validated in a workshop scheduled for Friday,14th, in Mindelo.
The chapter concludes that shark fishing in Cabo Verde has gained in the last 10 years a “new dynamic and perspective” as an “interesting economic activity” for the fishing sector.
Although at the national level it still continues at a “incipient” stage, it is noted in the study, due to the “high cost” of production and “lack of specialized fleet” and this activity has gained “greater expression and interest “.
The data analyzed in the diagnostic study indicates the volume of capture of the foreign fleet in the order of one thousand to 1.500 tons, according to catch declarations, being certain that there is a “important quantity” of sharks that is still landed by foreign vessels that operate within and outside the Cabo Verde EEZ.