Miles of Gill Net Responsible for Thousands of Sharks' Deaths
The waters between Texas and Mexico have had problems with over-fishing for years. Fisherman from Mexico will cross the border and set illegal nets as the fisheries on their side have been over-fished, and far from recovery.
Texas Parks and Wildlife found 3 miles of gill net strung near the mouth of the Rio Grande. It will hook whatever would swim into the shallow areas. Up to 3,000 juvenile and adult sharks were found dead.
"We have here probably two to three miles of gill net that was placed in our waters about four miles north of the Mexico border right off the beach," Texas Parks and Wildlife Sgt. James Dunks said. "Unbelievable amount of sharks, anywhere between two and three thousand black tips, bonnet heads and sharp nose sharks." From MSNBC.com.
"It’s tragic to see U.S. efforts to rebuild shark populations being undermined by Mexican fishermen fishing illegally in U.S. waters," Elizabeth Griffin Wilson, a member of a National Marine Fisheries Service advisory panel, told msnbc.com.