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The porbeagle (Lamana nasus) is a large pelagic shark that is most often found close to the continental shelf between Newfoundland and Labrador and the Gulf of Maine. Porbeagle meat is mainly sold in Europe, while its fins are sold to Asian markets. The porbeagle is the only shark species targeted by a directed longline fishery on Canada’s Atlantic coast. This fishery began in 1991, with annual landings of about 1,000 tonnes. Porbeagle can also be caught as bycatch in other fisheries, such as those directed at tuna, swordfish and groundfish species.

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