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Press Releases

© 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
Congo fishermen turn to sharks, but massive over capacity of fishing fleets puts local food security, livelihoods and shark populations at risk

Congo fishermen turn to sharks, but massive over capacity of fishing fleets puts local food security, livelihoods and shark populations at risk

Added to Press Releases on 17 August 2020

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, 17 August 2020—Congolese artisanal fishers are increasingly turning to shark fishing because of increased scarcity of other stocks overfished by industrial fisheries: urgent legislative and management improvements are needed to prevent a collapse of shark fishing and protect local livelihoods finds a new TRAFFIC report.

See TRAFFIC Press Release & Report
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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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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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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(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.

See WWF International Press Release

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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WWF urges Pacific tuna fishing nations to act now to stop oceanic whitetip shark from going extinct

Added to Press Releases on 04 December 2019

4 December 2019 – WWF is urging member states attending the 16th meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), taking place on 5 – 11 December in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to adopt critically needed, science-based solutions to prevent the potential extinction of the oceanic whitetip shark and improve the plight of other sharks and rays harvested in the Pacific.

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(c) WWF-Ecuador
(c) WWF-Ecuador

By December 2020, Ecuador will have an updated Shark Conservation Plan

Added to Press Releases on 03 December 2019

Third National Workshop of the Ecuadorian National Shark Action Plan (PAT-Ec), 2019-2023, concluded in the city of Manta, Ecuador, on 20 November. Organised by the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries, with the support of WWF-Ecuador, the workshop gathered representatives of governmental agencies, academia, NGOs, and the fishing sector - all involved in conservation and management of the country's marine biodiversity.

SEE WWF ECUADOR PRESS RELEASE
© TRAFFIC
© TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC releases a new report on major shark and ray catchers and traders

Added to Press Releases on 11 September 2019

TRAFFIC's latest study identifies the world’s top 20 shark and ray catchers and traders over the last decade, giving an overview of global shark and ray fishing and trade in their meat and fins. The world’s top 20 catchers (harvesting almost 600,000 metric tonnes of sharks and rays each year) account for 80% of global reported catch. Top 20 shark meat importers account for 90% of the global imports. For shark fins, 4 largest importers bring in 90% of the global imports.

SEE TRAFFIC PRESS RELEASE
© Andy Cornish / WWF
© 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

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