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WWF’s shark management recommendations for the Western and Central Pacific laid out

Added to Updates on 12 August 2019

Sharks and rays feature prominently in our recommendations for the 15th regular session of the Scientific Committee (SC) of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) taking place in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on 12 – 20 August, 2019

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IATTC approves proposals on whale shark and silky shark conservation

Added to Updates on 02 August 2019

The 94th annual meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) concluded with two shark-related resolutions accepted, adopting conservation measures for whale sharks and silky sharks.

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Total federal protection of four shark and two ray species implemented in Malaysia

Added to Updates on 22 July 2019

Following a proposal originally submitted by the Sabah government to the federal government of Malaysia, as of 17 July 2019 four shark species and two manta ray species gain country-wide protection under the Federal Fisheries (Control of Endangered Species of Fish) Regulations 1999, Fisheries Act 1985.

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© Andy Cornish / WWF

Rhinofishes feature prominently in alarming new assessment of species threats

Added to Press Releases on 19 July 2019

Gland, Switzerland (18 July 2019) - The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published updates to its Red List of threatened species. The updated list shows an increasing number of species are being pushed to the edge of extinction by human activities. Overfishing has led to two families of extraordinary rays - guitarfishes and wedgefishes - to teeter on the brink.

SEE WWF INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
© Lapinski Ailerons / WWF
© Lapinski Ailerons / WWF

Sharks in the Mediterranean sea are the most at risk in the world

Added to Press Releases on 19 July 2019

Rome, Italy - More than half of the species of sharks and rays living in the Mediterranean are under threat, with almost a third of them fished close to the level of extinction. The worrying status of the marine predators is a clear signal of the overall declining health of the Mediterranean Sea, whose wildlife is decimated by overfishing, according to a new report by WWF.

SEE WWF MEDITERRANEAN MARINE INITIATIVE PRESS RELEASE
© Antonio Busiello / WWF-US
© Antonio Busiello / WWF-US

Why we need more protected areas to conserve sharks and benefit people

Added to Blogs on 19 July 2019

By Andy Cornish

Well-planned Marine Protected Areas can provide multiple benefits for coastal communities as well as sharks and rays. While the combined area of existing shark MPAs is impressive, there is still a huge potential yet to be tapped.

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New conservation measure adopted In the Indian Ocean to protect vulnerable devil rays

Added to Updates on 27 June 2019

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has adopted the first ever conservation management measure (CMM) for Mobulid or devil rays. Countries agreed to release caught animals using safe release guidelines, improved data collection and scientific investigation of the survival rates of released rays.

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WWF draws up five-point “to-do list” for Dutch minister

Added to Updates on 30 May 2019

WWF NL recently applauded the work of Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten for drawing up a strategy to protect sharks and rays in the Dutch Caribbean. But WWF NL is also calling on the senior government leader to deliver on an earlier pledge to better protect sharks and rays much closer to home, in the North Sea.

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Brent Stirton/Getty Images

First practical guide to protected areas for sharks and rays launched

Added to Press Releases on 13 May 2019

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have launched the first-ever Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) guide specifically aimed at sharks and rays.

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Innovative new toolkit to fill gaps in missing shark and ray data

Innovative new toolkit to fill gaps in missing shark and ray data

Added to Press Releases on 10 April 2019

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have developed the first toolkit of its kind that provides a variety of ways to collect scientific data on sharks and rays to help conserve and manage these species, many of which are threatened.

See WWF Global Site
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Jurgen Freund/WWF

Plugging data gaps to bring sharks back from the brink

Added to Blogs on 10 April 2019

By Andy Cornish

It’s hard to save species if you don’t have the right information. This is particularly true for sharks, and why WWF has launched the first-ever Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays to help address a major gap in efforts by WWF and others to save sharks.

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Complete failure of ICCAT. EU and fishing nations leave the door open to criminal activities and illegal fishing of Atlantic tuna

Complete failure of ICCAT. EU and fishing nations leave the door open to criminal activities and illegal fishing of Atlantic tuna

Added to Press Releases on 20 November 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia - After eight days of heated negotiations, the EU and the 50 tuna fishing nations that constitute the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will leave Croatia without having adopted any of the much needed measures to stop the massive illegal trade in bluefin tuna and the ongoing overfishing of tropical tuna. A stronger ban on shark finning was once again blocked, putting the species in even greater jeopardy. WWF strongly condemns the irresponsible decisions of the ICCAT contracting parties which continue to allow the depletion of valuable fish resources at the benefit of private and even criminal interests.

See WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative press release
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Wild Wonders of Europe/Zankl/WWF

Atlantic tuna species threatened by record levels of overfishing and alleged criminal activities: WWF urges ICCAT to deliver stringent action

Added to Updates on 12 November 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia - A €12 million annual trade in illegal bluefin tuna recently uncovered in the Mediterranean and the dramatic overfishing of tropical tunas, pushing populations at risk of collapse, underline the need for serious action by the EU and tuna fishing nations at the ICCAT meeting in Croatia that began 12 November.

See WWF press release

Ecuador strengthens export control abilities of sharks and their by-products

Added to Updates on 11 October 2018

WWF Ecuador recently held a training workshop on Non-detrimental Findings (NDF) for shark species included in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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An appetite for responsible shark tourism

Added to Blogs on 10 August 2018

By Ian Campbell

I’ll never forget the day back in 2013 when I arrived in Fiji to take up my position with WWF’s shark conservation program. In a previous life, which now seems like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I worked as a commercial diver where my days (and many nights) consisted of spending most of my time underwater performing such glamorous tasks as mapping sea beds, welding piers, scraping ship hulls clean and other forms of general underwater maintenance.

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