The harsh reality of longline fishing

On Monday our activists made a gruesome discovery aboard the Chinese Taipei vessel Ming Maan Shyang No. 20 in one the high seas pocket that borders Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. The 31m tuna longliner with only a high seas permit had been on the high seas for just two weeks, and had more dead sharks than tuna in the hold – 40 tuna and 41 sharks including the vulnerable oceanic whitetip shark, as well as 22 swordfish, nine blue marlin and one striped marlin.

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