Global estimates of shark catches using trade records from commercial markets.

  title={Global estimates of shark catches using trade records from commercial markets.},
  author={Shelley C. Clarke and Murdoch Mcallister and E. J. Milner‐Gulland and Geoffrey P. Kirkwood and Catherine G. J. Michielsens and David J Agnew and Ellen K. Pikitch and Hideki Nakano and Mahmood S. Shivji},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={9 10},
Despite growing concerns about overexploitation of sharks, lack of accurate, species-specific harvest data often hampers quantitative stock assessment. In such cases, trade studies can provide insights into exploitation unavailable from traditional monitoring. We applied Bayesian statistical methods to trade data in combination with genetic identification to estimate by species, the annual number of globally traded shark fins, the most commercially valuable product from a group of species often… 

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