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

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.

A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays” is now also available in Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, and Spanish. “The Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays”, which offers practical step-by-step guidelines for gathering scientific data, has now also been released in Bahasa Indonesia and Spanish. These additional language versions are intended to support improved management in some of the largest and most important shark-catching nations such as Indonesia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

Both publications, which were first launched in English in 2019, were jointly developed by WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at Australia’s James Cook University to provide resources for effective conservation and responsible management based on the best available science.

Sharks and rays are facing a deepening crisis around the world, with 99 species now Critically Endangered or Endangered, and nearly all of these on the brink of extinction due to overfishing. The fact that nearly half of the 1,000+ shark and ray species lack sufficient data to assess their conservation status is hindering efforts to protect these animals and manage them responsibly. Our Rapid Assessment Toolkit has been designed to help remedy any key data gaps in many parts of the world, including Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

For those species where data is available, well-designed marine protected areas incorporating critical habitats can provide substantial benefits for biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management – both at national and regional levels. While MPAs have become a popular method of conserving sharks and rays, many of the already existing areas are not providing all the possible benefits. Our MPA Guide helps maximize the impact of spatial protection by outlining how to ensure the areas are well-designed, implemented, managed, and enforced for the long-term future.

The publication of the MPA Guide for Sharks and Rays and the Rapid Assessment Toolkit in Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, and Spanish was possible thanks to the kind support of the Shark Conservation Fund and WWF-Germany.

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About Sharks: Restoring the Balance
Sharks: Restoring the Balance is a joint global programme of WWF and TRAFFIC focusing on shark and ray conservation. Founded in 2014, the programme supports conservation teams working in 20 countries and territories across 6 continents and focuses on fisheries management, trade, and consumption. All our work is guided by a global 10-year conservation strategy for sharks and rays developed in partnership with other leading conservation NGOs and the IUCN Shark Specialist Group as part of the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI). Visit to learn more.

About WWF
WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. Visit for the latest news and media resources.

Research within James Cook University’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) focuses not only on the aquatic and aquaculture systems that produce food, but also the industries and communities that utilise them. Multidisciplinary collaborations between our researchers provide the synergies to address substantial research problems in a way that individual research groups cannot. The CSTFA provides research outputs for sustainable food production to local, state, federal and international resource managers, both in government and in the private sector. Thus, making us a key player in helping secure aquatic food production in the tropics for future generations. Visit to learn more.

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Magda Niedużak
Senior Communications Officer
WWF Sharks: Restoring the Balance


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