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110 whale sharks safely released by Pakistani fishers since 2012

Added to Press Releases on 31 August 2020

Since the start of WWF-Pakistan’s observer programme in 2012, a total of 110 whale sharks have been safely released by trained fishermen. This conservation win for the species was mainly achieved thanks to capacity building, especially training in safe handling and release practices, and an awareness campaign among the local fishers.

See WWF-Pakistan Press Release
© Simon Lorenz / WWF-Hong Kong
© Simon Lorenz / WWF-Hong Kong

A promising future for the gentle giants of Mafia, Tanzania

Added to Press Releases on 31 August 2020

Every year, 30 August marks the international Whale Shark Day. In Tanzania this day brought some good news with the increase of whale shark numbers from 100 individuals in 2012 to 206 in December 2019.

See WWF-Tanzania Press Release
© naturepl.com / David Fleetham / WWF
© naturepl.com / David Fleetham / WWF

19 new whale sharks identified in Donsol throughout 2020

Added to Press Releases on 31 August 2020

WWF-Philippines has identified 19 new individual whale sharks in the waters of Ticao-Burias Pass Protected Seascape (TBPPS) since the start of 2020.

See WWF-Philippines Press Release

Five Incredible Whale Shark Discoveries of the Last Decade

Added to Blogs on 27 August 2020

By Magda Nieduzak

Let’s celebrate this year's Whale Shark Day by learning about five fascinating facts scientists have discovered about these gentle giants in the past decade, from having a unique eye armour to figuring out how old they are by studying atomic bomb tests!

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Congo fishermen turn to sharks, but massive over capacity of fishing fleets puts local food security, livelihoods and shark populations at risk

Congo fishermen turn to sharks, but massive over capacity of fishing fleets puts local food security, livelihoods and shark populations at risk

Added to Press Releases on 17 August 2020

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, 17 August 2020—Congolese artisanal fishers are increasingly turning to shark fishing because of increased scarcity of other stocks overfished by industrial fisheries: urgent legislative and management improvements are needed to prevent a collapse of shark fishing and protect local livelihoods finds a new TRAFFIC report.

See TRAFFIC Press Release & Report
Gill net buyback promising news for sharks and other threatened marine life on the Great Barrier Reef

Gill net buyback promising news for sharks and other threatened marine life on the Great Barrier Reef

Added to Press Releases on 30 July 2020

WWF-Australia welcomed the Queensland Liberal National Party’s policy announcement of a AU$6 million voluntary buy-back scheme prioritising the purchase of gill net licences operating in the far northern Great Barrier Reef. This section of the Reef supports populations of dugongs, sawfish, endangered sharks, turtles, and inshore dolphins, with all these threatened species at risk of entangling in gill nets and dying.

See WWF-Australia press release
© WWF-Hong Kong / Tracy Tsang
© WWF-Hong Kong / Tracy Tsang

Hong Kong Shark Fin Imports Down 70% Since 2009

Added to Press Releases on 14 July 2020

WWF-Hong Kong’s work to reduce the demand for shark fin in the city continues to show promising results, with a 40% drop in year-on-year imports in 2019 to 2,792 tonnes, representing a 70% drop over the past decade, according to figures from the Census and Statistics Department. Since 2011, an annual average of 33% of those fins were re-exported to other countries or regions such as Viet Nam, mainland China and Macau. A downward trend of shark fins retained in the city is observed over the same period, which may indicate that the shark fin consumption has been driven down.

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© Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF
© Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF

Six Solutions to Save Sharks

Added to Blogs on 14 July 2020

By Andy Cornish

Sharks are in deep trouble. Driven mainly by overfishing, their numbers are plummeting, and an alarming number of species are facing extinction. These diverse and necessary species have been evolving for some 400 million years, but now time is not on their side. This Shark Awareness Day, Dr. Andy Cornish highlights the top six things we believe need to happen if the downward trajectories of so many shark populations are to be reversed. These are not in any order of priority — each is essential.

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Nine Cool Shark and Ray Superpowers

Added to Blogs on 13 July 2020

By Magda Nieduzak

Sharks and rays are an incredibly diverse group of vertebrates that have evolved around 400 million years ago, outliving the dinosaurs. There are over 1,200 species known to science, from the tiny dwarf lantern shark all the way to the gigantic whale shark. But it is not just their diversity that makes them so cool – they do have some very special superpowers too! Let’s take a closer look at some of them to celebrate this International Shark Awareness Day.

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IUCN releases the only 2020 Red List update for elasmobranchs

Added to Updates on 13 July 2020

The International Union for Conservation of Nature published newly updated Red List status for 37 shark, ray, and chimaera species in the only elasmobranch update of this year.

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Illegal fishing of sharks and rays caught on camera in the Mediterranean

Illegal fishing of sharks and rays caught on camera in the Mediterranean

Added to Updates on 13 July 2020

All kinds of species of sharks and rays – some of them critically endangered – are regularly illegally caught by nets and longlines in the Mediterranean, as compelling reports obtained by WWF reveals.

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The WWF Sharkulator Story

Added to Blogs on 13 July 2020

By Andy Cornish

How we can now tell people how many sharks they can save by refusing shark fin soup -- The story behind our brand-new science-based tool allowing to calculate how many of these increasingly threatened marine creatures can be saved based on the number of bowls of shark fin soup not consumed.

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5 ways in which sharks and rays help ecosystems, other species, and people.

Added to Blogs on 08 June 2020

By Magda Nieduzak

Let’s celebrate some of the most enigmatic and misunderstood creatures of the blue – sharks and rays, which are crucial for the health of our planet! Here are 5 incredible ways in which sharks and rays help the world, from fighting climate change, to sharing food with their neighbours, to growing phytoplankton, and more.

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WWF calls for stronger action on the back of record shark fin seizure in Hong Kong

Added to Press Releases on 03 June 2020

Hong Kong’s largest ever seizure of shark fin, confiscated by Customs earlier in the year, is confirmed to have been illegally exported. The statement was made by the Ecuadorian authorities at a press conference held on 1 June 2020. The two consecutive shark fin shipments, totalling 26 tonnes and valued at HKD 8.6m (USD 1.1m), were seized by the Hong Kong Customs on 28 April and 4 May.

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© Paul Hilton / WWF
© Paul Hilton / WWF

Species for Sale: Manta Ray

Added to Blogs on 01 June 2020

Manta rays - giant cartilaginous fish found in tropical and subtropical seas - are slow breeding and naturally uncommon. Along with the closely related devil rays, mantas are targeted for their gill plates, which are sold dried for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Although gill plates are rarely prescribed by TCM practitioners, they became highly sought after over a decade ago thanks to traders in Guangdong aggressively marketing them as a health tonic ingredient. Find our more in this blog by Thomas Gomersall of WWF Hong Kong.

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