New study shows millions of sharks have fishhooks stuck in their bodies for up to seven years

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Millions of sharks around the world are silently suffering the effects of commercial fishhooks embedded in their skin without any means of getting them out on their own.

According to new research from the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai'i Mānoa, fishhooks embedded in a shark's skin or mouth can remain for several years and lead to major health problems, including internal bleeding and necrosis.

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Between 2011 and 2019, the research team tracked tiger sharks in the ocean waters surrounding Tahiti, and found that 38 per cent were hooked at least once by a fishhook or similar industrial fishing gear during that period.

‘This is a problem that likely affects millions of individual sharks across the world's ocean,’ Carl Meyer, an associate researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, told Newsweek.

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Longlining involves using a single fishing wire that can have between several dozen and several thousand hooks on it.

These longlines are cast out into the ocean and either left on the sea floor or on the ocean surface using...
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