Longfin mako shark

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Little is known about this typically deep-dwelling species. Like their short-finned relative, longfin mako sharks prefer warmer water, but they are rareshaly encountered. Longfin mako sharks are known to be caught as bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries, though not as often as the shortfin mako. However, catches may be underestimated, since they are commonly misidentified as shortfin makos.

The longfin mako shark population shows a decreasing trend and is currently listed as “Vulnerable.” Through our efforts on international fisheries, Oceana works to prevent the unsustainable fishing for and the finning of longfin mako sharks.