Another unpleasant incident with the catch and sale of a white shark occurred in the Mediterranean Sea, this time in Greece, on the island of Naxos.
This fact complements the numerous cases of illegal fishing of protected shark and ray species in Greece.
Recall that the species of marine life Great white shark is included, along with other protected species of sharks and rays, in Appendix II of the Protocol on Species and Biodiversity in the Mediterranean to the Barcelona Convention.,
The provision of the law explicitly states that “catching, holding on board, unloading, transporting, storing and selling or putting up for sale is strictly prohibited” by EU law, in accordance with Regulations 2015/2102 (Article 16i) and 2019/1241 (Annex I).
Great white shark Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758) is ranked among the endangered species of marine life of the World Ocean, it is the largest predatory fish in the world.
Alas, various rumors and speculations regularly spread by a wide range of media have given this species of fish an extremely negative reputation, presenting the image of the great white shark as a ruthless and voracious predator.
The Mediterranean white shark population has been classified as critically endangered (CR) according to the Nature’s Red Data Book due to its recent sharp decline (up to 96% in some areas).
And although this species of fish is not the target of fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, sharks are often accidentally caught in nets (bottom trawl, etc.), which in itself represents the main danger for a population that is already under threat of extinction.
Despite the fact that it is unlikely that this species of fish was caught by accident, fishermen are obliged to free them alive in any case.