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Here’s why all eyes are on Mafia Island Whale Sharks this World Fisheries Day!

Added to Blogs on 17 November 2017

By Dr. Mathias Igulu

Since 1965, WWF-Tanzania’s marine programme has worked in and with coastal communities to conserve their precious fisheries and marine resources and improve livelihoods. There are several different approaches we use to realise our different conservation goals and in this blog, I would like to focus on whale shark conservation work and why it is important in Tanzania.

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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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Ever wondered how to dive responsibly with sharks and rays?

Added to Blogs on 03 April 2017

By Ian Campbell

Even though I have logged too many dives to keep count, almost none of them have been for recreation. In my early diving days as a commercial diver, not a single dive was with the animals that had drawn me to study marine biology in the first place: sharks.

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Sharks and CITES: crossing my fins for a win-win scenario

Added to Blogs on 15 October 2016

By Umair Shahid

I am feeling a bit nervous and a bit nostalgic for an event from three years ago. In the build-up to a critical vote on sharks and rays at the 17th CITES conference in South Africa in the coming days, my stomach is tied in knots, writes Umair Shahid, North Indian Ocean Cooridnator, WWF-Pakistan.

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Added to Blogs on 05 August 2016

By Ian Campbell

When surveying people’s favourite sea creatures, sharks are nearly always at the top of the list. Many more sophisticated ocean animal lovers may also champion the wonders of the massive manta ray. Very few, however, are likely to include the manta’s smaller and more elusive cousins, devil rays, among their top marine treasures. As someone who works in the shark and ray field, this comes as no surprise to me.

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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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Sharks without borders

Added to Blogs on 18 March 2016

By Ian Campbell

Advocating shark and ray conservation measures at the the annual meeting of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

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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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