Photo: Shark Fishers Try to Reel in Cash, Turn to Conservation



Fisher Francisco Lucer drags ashore a blue shark in Cabo San Lázaro on Mexico's Baja California peninsula Mexico, on May 21, 2008.


An increased demand for shark fins, combined with the depletion of other commercially fished species, has changed sharks from an unwanted bycatch into a valuable target species, according to experts. But some researchers believe shark stocks have declined worldwide by 75 percent since the late 1980s, making shark fishing a precarious business.



Photograph by Rodrigo Rangel Acevedo

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