Sharks: mythologized, feared, revered.

These ancient predators capture our imaginations. But sharks and rays are in crisis, with many populations being decimated by overfishing. WWF and TRAFFIC have joined forces to halt the decline through a major global initiative, but we’ll need your help to save sharks, and our oceans.
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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission must implement agreed actions to rein in overfishing

Added to Updates on 21 May 2018

In advance of the 22nd annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), WWF has issued a warning about the repeated failure of member states to implement the limits agreed by the Commission to halt overfishing of a number of key stocks, including yellowfin and bigeye tuna, among others. WWF understands that this matter is unlikely to be tabled for agreement at its meeting from 21-25 May in Bangkok and considers this unacceptable.

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Conservation actions highlighted at Second Indonesia Shark and Ray Symposium

Added to Updates on 04 April 2018

The Second Indonesia Shark and Ray Symposium wrapped up with calls for increased research-related improvements to the nation’s waters, such as an integrated research roadmap covering improved fishery data from West Indonesia, more studies on rays, and more research on social, economic and institutional factors affecting marine wildlife populations.

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EXPERT OPINION: Can the CITES process help in shark and ray conservation?

Added to Blogs on 29 March 2018

While CITES is not the ‘silver bullet’ that will save all sharks and rays from extinction, it certainly can provide a driver to stimulate conservation efforts.

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