Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Somniosus microcephalus is commonly fished by people in the Arctic regions (Norway, Iceland, and Greenland) for its liver oil and meat. People of the Inuit tribes have also been known to use its skin to make boots and its teeth as knives. (Compagno and Fowler, 2005; Compagno, 1984)
Positive Impacts: food; body parts are source of valuable material
- Compagno, L. 1984. FAO Species Catalogue Volume 4:Sharks of the World. Rome: United Nations Development Programme.
- Compagno, L., S. Fowler. 2005. Sharks of the World. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.