How overfishing is threatening SA's shark eco-tourism industry
Experts say the government is ignoring science and dragging its feet in the face of a crisis
According to scientists and marine conservationists, overfishing is threatening shark species along SA’s coastline. They say if bold steps are not taken to tighten demersal shark longlining (DSL) regulations, some species will disappear completely, ultimately leading to the collapse of the shark watching industry, an important revenue earner for SA tourism and marine conservation.
Scientific recommendations compiled by national fisheries scientists in 2011 highlighted that slot (size) limits were urgently needed to protect shark species, which are being unsustainably harvested. Yet, despite these recommendations being gazetted in 2018, they have still not been implemented...