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Sharks: Restoring the Balance

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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Portugal must be a European leader in the protection of sharks and rays

Added to Press Releases on 08 April 2021

(8 April 2021) Portugal is in 3rd place among the European countries that capture the most sharks and rays, behind Spain and France, with almost half of its species under threat. ANP|WWF urges the Portuguese government to create a National Action Plan for the management and conservation of sharks and rays, which would place Portugal in the European leadership for the protection of these species.

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Nearly 40 sharks and rays reclassified as threatened, including one species of ray already possibly extinct

Added to Press Releases on 25 March 2021

(25 March 2021) New updates on the conservation status of sharks and rays released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) show that 39 additional species are now facing a risk of extinction in the wild. This takes the total of all sharks and rays categorised as Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered to 355.

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© WWF-Pacific Shannon Seeto
© WWF-Pacific Shannon Seeto
WWF and the Solomon Islands government collaborate to improve fisheries management and complete National Plan of Action-Sharks

Added to Press Releases on 03 March 2021

WWF-Solomon Islands has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources­ to formalize joint efforts to improve fisheries management and marine species protection. As part of this collaboration, WWF will support the authorities with completing the National Plan of Action for sharks and rays (NPOA-Sharks) in the Solomon Islands.

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