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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.

See TRAFFIC press release
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.

See WWF-MMI Report

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.

See WWF-Pacific Press Release

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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Indian Ocean's sharks and rays still not a priority for the regional fisheries body

Added to Updates on 08 December 2020

This year’s annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), a regional fisheries management body responsible for tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean, concluded on 6 November 2020 with no new conservation or management measures adopted for sharks and rays.

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What’s in the Net – Millions of turtles, seals, dolphins, seabirds and sharks killed each year

Added to Press Releases on 19 November 2020

WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue report calls for cameras on fishing boats to monitor and protect marine wildlife.

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© WWF-Pakistan
© WWF-Pakistan

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

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