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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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Two major tools for shark research and conservation now also available in Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, and Spanish

Added to Press Releases on 02 March 2020

3 March 2020 – As part of the ongoing efforts to develop and share latest resources for science-based shark conservation and management, WWF’s Sharks: Restoring the Balance just released Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, and Spanish language versions of two major publications focused on marine protected areas (MPAs) for sharks and rays and collecting scientific data for these species.

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Migratory sharks and rays receive extra protection at the recent global meeting of the Convention on Migratory Species

Added to Updates on 25 February 2020

22 February 2020 marked the end of the 13th Conference of the Parties (CoP13) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Taking place in Gandhinagar, India, the CoP13 concluded with positive results for several species of threatened migratory sharks and rays.

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(c) CMS COP13
(c) CMS COP13

Increased protections for migratory species but a step change in ambition is needed for global biodiversity protection

Added to Press Releases on 24 February 2020

13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP13) to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) concluded in Gandhinagar, India, on 22 February 2020. The global wildlife meeting agreed increased protection for jaguar, Asian elephant and Oceanic Whitetip shark, but pointed to difficult negotiations on a global framework for biodiversity protection post-2020.

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Mixed results from WCPFC annual meeting for sharks and rays in the Pacific

Added to Press Releases on 13 December 2019

12 December 2019 – The 16th annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) concluded yesterday, 11 December, bringing both good and bad news for sharks and rays in Western and Central Pacific. The Commission is making some progress but struggling to address the full range of overfishing-related issues affecting these species.

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IUCN Red List Update: Ongoing industrial fishing drives pelagic sharks and rays closer to extinction

Added to Press Releases on 11 December 2019

11 December 2019 - The International Union for Conservation of Nature released updates on the conservation status of 29 species of sharks, rays, and skates on 10 December 2019. These Red List reassessments reveal a particularly high extinction risk in pelagic species, with some of the most iconic animals now Critically Endangered or Endangered due to overfishing in the high seas.

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