More than 100 hammerhead shark pups were found dead this week near Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu and experts believe the death of the sharks are due to gillnet fishing.
According to local reports, the death of the sharks has now triggered authorities at the state’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement to open an investigation into the cause.
As reported by the Star Advertiser, The Keehi Lagoon is wildly known as a common breeding ground for hammerhead sharks but officials have said the death of the sharks is extremely unnatural and reports out of Honolulu state that the sharks were dumped off there.
A gillnet is a wall of netting that hangs in the water column, typically made of monofilament or multifilament nylon.
Gillnet fishing has been found to cause severe damage to ocean ecosystems as it traps any marine animal in its path and increases the rate of bycatch dramatically. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found roughly half of the sharks that are caught and sold were caught as bycatch in the high seas longline fisheries. Each year, tens of millions of sharks are caught as bycatch, according to estimates.