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Fiji's Dreketi River & Estuary Shark and Ray Survey report launched

Added to Press Releases on 09 June 2021

This World Oceans Day WWF-Pacific together with Fiji's Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders launched its Dreketi River and Estuary Shark and Ray Survey report, which provides a snapshot of shark and ray species found within and around Fiji’s deepest river.

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© Boris Bare / WWF-Adria
© Boris Bare / WWF-Adria

Rare angelsharks come to life in the middle of Croatia's capital

Added to Updates on 09 June 2021

The sea and highly threatened angelsharks, which can still be found in the country, "reached" middle of Zagreb thanks to a new mural created to celebrate the World Oceans Day. The mural not only comes to life thanks to the AR technology but also helps to reduce air pollution through a special high-tech paint. The work is a result of a collaboration between WWF-Adria, a street artist Boris Bare and animators Mate Žaja and Duje Stojak.

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Five reasons why oceanic sharks and rays matter to the world and people!

Added to Blogs on 08 June 2021

While there are only a few dozen of oceanic shark and ray species – animals that spend most of their lives in the open ocean – they are critical for the health of the ocean and the well-being of millions of people who depend on it for food and their livelihoods. These fascinating fishes are essential for so many reasons, from being blue carbon sinks and ocean mixers to inspiring innovation and design! This World Oceans Day, let's learn more about how important these predators are to the big blue, our planet, and people!

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China and Thailand join WWF’s regional shark fin programme

Added to Updates on 04 June 2021

WWF is now working in six key Asian markets leading efforts to reduce the unsustainable demand for shark fin.

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Scalloped hammerhead shark caught in a net © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF
Scalloped hammerhead shark caught in a net © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF

Ravaged by Fishing — An Oceanic Shark Emergency

Added to Blogs on 13 May 2021

By Andy Cornish

Two iconic shark species — oceanic whitetip and scalloped hammerhead — as well as many other sharks and rays inhabiting the open ocean are being pushed toward extinction. Main threat? Overfishing. How did we get here and what can be done to save them?

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Urgent call to action for oceanic sharks and rays

Added to Updates on 13 May 2021

Fishing fast declining populations of sharks and rays in open seas is destroying a vital buffer against catastrophic climate change. But these animals can be brought back from the brink.

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WWF calls for urgent measures to recover heavily depleted oceanic sharks and rays

Added to Press Releases on 13 May 2021

WWF urges all states fishing for tuna to implement a set of urgently needed measures – including 100% observer coverage on all industrial fishing vessels by 2030 and recovery plans for all critically endangered and endangered oceanic sharks and rays by 2026 – in order to prevent extinctions and restore heavily depleted populations of pelagic sharks and rays.

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A visual representation of the 3D scan of a shortfin mako shark dorsal fin © TRAFFIC
A visual representation of the 3D scan of a shortfin mako shark dorsal fin © TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC bites back at illegal wildlife traders with the world’s first-ever 3D-printed replica shark fins

Added to Press Releases on 04 May 2021

Frontline law enforcement officials can now harness pioneering technology to combat the trafficking in shark fins; an illegal trade accelerating shark population declines globally.

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Angels of the Adriatic: Next steps for a potential hotspot

Angels of the Adriatic: Next steps for a potential hotspot

Added to Updates on 15 April 2021

Once common across the Mediterranean, angel sharks have suffered widespread decline. A new short report by WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative, prepared in collaboration with the Angel Shark Project, underlines the urgency of acting to save one of the last remaining populations in the region.

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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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Virtual shark and ray MPA workshop held for the Coral Triangle

Added to Updates on 05 April 2021

As part of the pre-workshops leading up to the 3rd National Sharks and Rays Symposium of Indonesia held in April this year, WWF conducted a virtual training and workshop session focused on marine protected areas (MPAs) for sharks and rays in collaboration with the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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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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The Rarest of the Rare - five sharks and rays on the brink of extinction

Added to Blogs on 03 March 2021

This World Wildlife Day, we present five critically endangered sharks and rays you might have never heard of – and unless urgent action is taken to save them – you are unlikely to ever see…

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More than 300 Species of Sharks and Rays Now Threatened with Extinction

Added to Press Releases on 10 December 2020

(10 December 2020) – New assessments by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released today show 316 chondrichthyan species – sharks, rays and skates, and chimaeras – are now threatened with extinction.

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