Management of shark fisheries in Seychelles
Nageon de Lestang, J.
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Shark species, both oceanic and coastal, are very common to Seychelle waters. In the past, however, the demand for shark and shark products has always been very erratic. The ever-increasing international concern for the species and potential conflicts between fishermen and conservation groups has highlighted the issue. In the Seychelles, the shark are caught by gillnets in inshore waters and by hook-and-line and purse seine offshore. Until very recently there were no regulations controlling the shark fishery, but, partly in response to initiatives by a local conservation group, fishing for sharks with nets has been banned since 1 August 1998. A review is provided of the present situation of the fishery whilst underscoring the difficulties of formulating a Management Plan based on the limited information available. The text of Chapter 82 of the Fisheries Act of 1986 is included as an appendix to the document.
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