The soaring popularity of omega-3 supplements, marketed as the best way to keep diseases away, has increased the danger for deep sea sharks as they are being hunted illegally for fish oil from which the supplements are produced.
Conservationists at the charity organization, Oceana Europe, have warned that 'pirate' fishermen hunt down the sharks and take advantage of a law that allows the sale of shark oil that has been extracted outside of the EU to be sold within the region.
They went on to claim that the valuable oils extracted from shark livers are being seen as the new gold.
"The omega-3 tablets that we buy come from lots of different sources but there are some that are shark liver oil. There are some vessels actively targeting deep-water sharks", marine wildlife scientist, Allison Perry said.