The photo above shows just one of millions of sharks that are caught as bycatch every year. Bycatch is the term used to describe fish and other marine creatures that are caught “accidentally” when fishing primarily for other species. The indiscriminate nature of most fishing methods means that bycatch often exceeds the amount of target catch.
The scale of the slaughter that goes largely unnoticed in the oceans is unacceptable. Bycatch has got to be reduced. Before buying any ocean caught fish, find out where and how it was caught. Ask what fishing methods were used. Ask if their produce can be traced to source. If they can’t supply this information, don’t buy the product.
The most recent IUCN assessment of Bigeye Threshers was six years ago; their status was listed as vulnerable and declining.