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Press Releases

© WWF-Hong Kong / Tracy Tsang
© WWF-Hong Kong / Tracy Tsang

WWF rejects illegal trade in shark fins

Added to Press Releases on 25 September 2021

A statement by WWF-Colombia on the seizure of 3,493 shark fins intercepted at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia, to be illegally exported to Hong Kong.

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Time is running out to save sharks and rays, with over a third of species pushed toward extinction by overfishing

Added to Press Releases on 07 September 2021

(7 Sept 2021) A major study re-assessing the IUCN Red List status for all sharks, rays and chimaeras reveals that over 1/3 of all these species are now at risk of extinction caused by overfishing. Governments and regional fisheries bodies must act now to stop overfishing and prevent a global extinction crisis.

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26 new whale sharks identified in Donsol, Philippines

Added to Press Releases on 30 August 2021

(30 August 2021) - More than two dozen new faces were among the familiar ones as the latest annual whale shark survey came to a close in Donsol, Philippines, ahead of Whale Shark Day 2021. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines identified 58 individual whale sharks during the organization's 2021 population survey, held annually off the coast of Donsol.

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US$2.6 billion global trade in shark and ray meat revealed. Better rules and transparency needed to fight overexploitation.

Added to Press Releases on 12 July 2021

(13 July 2021) More than 200 countries and territories are importing and exporting shark and ray meat for a global trade that was valued at US$2.6 billion between 2012 and 2019, with Spain being the world’s top exporter, Italy the top importer and the EU accounting for over 20% of the global shark meat trade.

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© Opeti Vateitei / WWF-Pacific
© Opeti Vateitei / WWF-Pacific

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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© 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.

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