Sharks, as apex predators, are crucial for the well-being of marine ecosystems and serve as a barometer of ocean health. However, many shark populations are now critically endangered. Shark fins have become some of the sea's priciest exports to Asian markets. On top of this, many shark species are often accidentally caught as bycatch.
In this month’s episode, we focus on the European scientists studying the decline of shark populations, raising public awareness and joining efforts with restaurant chefs to mitigate it (). We also meet activists in Fuerteventura who are working to protect one of the most endangered shark species — the angel shark, once plentiful across Europe but now on the brink of extinction.
OCEAN is a Euronews magazine in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE). It features monthly 8-minute videos, where we discover fascinating projects and developments related to the ocean and coastal communities.
Broadcast since 2019, OCEAN features episodes on marine protected areas, small-scale fisheries, ocean energy, aquaculture, IUU fishing, sustainable fisheries and much more. Missed one? You will also find some nice extras about these topics.
- Publication date
- 22 December 2023
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries