Andy Cornish

Author
Leader, WWF and TRAFFIC Shark & Ray Initiative, Sharks: Restoring the Balance, WWF-Hong Kong


Andy Ieads Sharks: Restoring the Balance, and oversees its responsible consumption and management strategies. He is the WWF network’s representative among the core partners of the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative, and co-author of Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015-2025 Strategy.

Andy Ieads the WWF and TRAFFIC Sharks & Rays Initiative, and oversees its responsible consumption and management strategies. He is the WWF network’s representative among the core partners of the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative, and co-author of Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015-2025 Strategy.

Andy also co-authored – and was instrumental in introducing – Hong Kong’s first sustainable seafood guide, while serving as Conservation Director for WWF-Hong Kong from 2005 to 2012. During that time he also led shark-fin advocacy efforts and the “Save Our Seas” campaign, which led to a permanent ban on all trawling.

Prior to this, after gaining his doctorate in reef fishes, Andy worked for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in American Samoa and taught fish and fisheries-related undergraduate courses at the University of Hong Kong. He is a keen underwater photographer with a long-standing interest in sharks and rays, and has published several papers relating to diet, reproduction and pollutant loadings in bamboo sharks, as well as the field-guide Reef Fishes of Hong Kong.

andycornish@wwf.org.hk


Jurgen Freund/WWF
Jurgen Freund/WWF

Plugging data gaps to bring sharks back from the brink

Added to Blogs on 10 April 2019

By Andy Cornish

It’s hard to save species if you don’t have the right information. This is particularly true for sharks, and why WWF has launched the first-ever Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays to help address a major gap in efforts by WWF and others to save sharks.

You may read the full blog here
© Antonio Busiello / WWF-US
© Antonio Busiello / WWF-US

Why we need more protected areas to conserve sharks and benefit people

Added to Blogs on 19 July 2019

By Andy Cornish

Well-planned Marine Protected Areas can provide multiple benefits for coastal communities as well as sharks and rays. While the combined area of existing shark MPAs is impressive, there is still a huge potential yet to be tapped.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST HERE

Protecting ocean predators

Added to Blogs on 10 June 2015

By Andy Cornish

Recent research on global shark and ray landings highlighted Sri Lanka among several countries that have suffered the greatest declines over the last decade. Reading the findings caused me to cast my mind back to my own experience in that country almost exactly a year ago.

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Sulu Seas shark tourism expedition

Added to Blogs on 24 May 2017

By Andy Cornish

One of the more gratifying experiences for a conservationist is seeing the approaches you’ve developed coming into fruition in the real world, and having a positive effect.

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Battle to save the threshers

Added to Blogs on 22 July 2016

By Andy Cornish

I saw my first thresher shark back in 2013, 30 metres below the surface of the Visayan Sea, as night turned to day above.

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