Location: Ventura Ca
|The near shore waters off the Southern California coast are a well-known hot spot for the common thresher shark, a recreational fishing favorite with a uniquely long whip-like tail that can weigh more than 500 pounds. Its tail, in fact, is exactly why the thresher is now in the center of an ethical fishing dilemma, and the reason why anglers and scientists are working together to change the way they are caught.
Note: they can weigh up to 500lbs. Now thatís a mature T-Shark, any that a person can lift and hold is a baby. Anyone that constanly catches and kills baby T-Sharks is helping to delete the species.
Common thresher sharks, like many shark species, are especially vulnerable to overfishing because they live a long time, take many years to mature, and only have a few young at a time. Recovery from overharvest can take years or decades. Sharks require special attention Ė NOAA Fisheries is conducting research, implementing restrictions and working with fishermen domestically, and pursuing conservation of shark species worldwide to ensure that healthy shark populations stay healthy and that overfished populations recover.
Not to be confused with pelagic and bigeye thresher sharks, common thresher sharks are one of the most commonly harvested sharks off the U.S. West Coast.
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