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New fishing rules designed to protect vulnerable shark

May 3, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — The rules for recreational shark fishermen are going to get more difficult to try to protect a vulnerable species of shark.

An arm of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has signed off on changes to the size limits for Atlantic shortfin mako sharks in state waters. The panel says the new standards stem from an assessment of the shark’s population that found it was being overfished.

The panel says it’s also making the changes to respond to a determination by the International Commission on the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas that said its member countries must reduce the catch of shortfin makos by 72 to 79 percent to stop the population from further declining.

Shortfin mako sharks are listed endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.