To prevent scenes like these industry leadership will have to happen.
Starting with the IGFA who should cease record keeping for the following species of sharks by 2010:
These are the primary species caught in shark tournaments across the USA.
As long as records continue to be kept the industry will have no reason to modify tournaments that kill sharks for sport.
While the rest of the sport fishing industry are beginning to talk shark conservation, leadership begins at the top.
Let's start by asking the IGFA to lead that change:
Captain Tom King, Captain Taylor Sears, and the Mayo family from Dartmouth – Bob, Pamela, Ian and Elizabeth – returned to the Mill Wharf Marina in Scituate with a 624-pound male mako shark, believed to be the largest of its kind ever caught and brought to shore.
“We hooked up a nice tuna, probably 160 or 170 pounds,” Sears said. “It started coming up to the surface a little weird. The tuna popped up, and there was a mako shark right behind it eating its tail off. You could see it come up, maybe 100 feet off the back of the boat.