Recreational Fishing for Pelagic Sharks Worldwide

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While government fisheries agencies have not documented the recreational fisheries for pelagic sharks in most countries, information exists in the records of fishing clubs, cooperative tagging programs, and the International Game Fish Association. Countries with signifi- cant pelagic shark recreational fisheries include Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Some recreational pelagic shark fishing also occurs in Ireland, Italy, the Azores, Mauritius, South Africa, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Most pelagic shark game fishing is now catch-and-release, and the total mortality caused by recreational fisheries has been declining since the 1980s. The most commonly caught pelagic sharks are blue (Prionace glauca), shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), porbeagle (Lamna nasus), and thresher sharks (Alopias spp.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSharks of the Open Ocean
Subtitle of host publicationBiology, Fisheries and Conservation
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781444302516
ISBN (Print)0632059958, 9780632059959
StatePublished - Jan 30 2009


  • Alopias
  • Angling
  • Game fishing
  • Isurus oxyrinchus
  • Lamna nasus
  • Prionace glauca
  • Recreational fishing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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