So-called cartilaginous fish, such as sharks and rays, with their gristly, rubbery flesh, are increasingly under threat from fishermen around the world. In 20 years, the total catch has increased by nearly 35%, to more than 800,000 tonnes. As a result, some of these beautiful species are threatened with extinction, such as the spurdog we see here. European fishermen are as much to blame as any, as most of the sharks and rays landed by EU boats come from European waters.
Europe wants more protection for sharks