The shortfin mako shark, the world’s fastest shark, is among those being caught in large numbers in the North Atlantic (AFP Photo/Maddie Meyer)More

Madrid (AFP) – Thousands of endangered sharks are killed each year in the North Atlantic due to a lack of protection against overfishing in international waters, Greenpeace said Thursday.

Fishing vessels dedicated primarily to catching swordfish in the area collectively caught four times more sharks than swordfish by weight with their long lines loaded with thousands of hooks, the environmental group said in a report based on findings from Greenpeace ship Esperanza which visited the region earlier this year.

“It is absolutely immoral to kill sharks and other wildlife with these terrible fishing practices,” said Will McCallum, of Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans campaign,

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