Basking shark found dead in illegal drift net Published: 11 July, 2007
Basking sharks are the second biggest fish species in the world Photo: MCS
DRIFT netting is believed to be responsible for the stranding of a large basking shark found dead on a Kerry beach.
The three-metre female shark was found on the shoreline at Drom East, Cloghane on the shores of Brandon Bay, wrapped tightly in the netting, according to Irish news site Independent.
The shark’s mouth was fully covered in the material – a form of plastic netting used in several types of fishing including tuna and the now banned salmon drift net fishing.
National Salmon Commission member, Jerome Dowling, a member of the Kerry Anglers Federation, said he believed the incident had involved “an active drift net” used for salmon fishing, even though salmon drift netting is now illegal in the southwest.
“We thought we had put it (the salmon drift netting using monofilament) behind us,” he said.
Basking sharks are the second biggest fish species in the world and are harmless filter feeders.
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