Legal fishing boats are catching a rare and endangered species of fish, according to the Australian Government.
Key points:The Government is now working with the Australian Seafood Industry to find ways to stop the illegal trade of one species of sharkLegal fisheries are now allowed to catch one species, the bluefin tuna, on a fishing boat that can be towed out of the ocean, where it is killed.
The bluefin is considered by many to be the most endangered of the shark species in Australia.
Last year, a boat from a French-owned fishing company was caught in the act of catching a bluefin in the deep waters off the coast of New South Wales.
The boat, which was being towed out, was carrying several tonnes of bluefin caught by boat from the French side of the New South Welsh coastline.
The crew of the boat managed to escape before the vessel collided with a reef.
The vessel was not registered in France.
The Government said it is looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident, and that the company was not involved in the fishing operation.
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