Sharks and rays are at a substantially higher risk of extinction than most other groups of animals. One quarter of all known species of sharks, skates and rays are listed as Threatened with Extinction on the IUCN Red List™.
Yet, over 1000 species that belong to this group play diverse, critical roles in the ocean ecosystem, are a source of food for thousands of people around the world, and provide many non-consumptive benefits to communities around the world.
Last week the world lost an ocean hero and inspirational women who dedicated her life to shark research, science and conservation - Dr. Eugenie Clark - a pioneering marine biologist, also known as the “Shark Lady” who passed away on 25 February at age 92.
The United Nations agricultural agency has today announced the launch of new technology that will allow quick identification of species of the fish while better helping to protect endangered shark species and to combat illegal trade in shark fins.
Quito, Ecuador. November 9, 2014. Conservationists are rejoicing at the listing of 21 species of sharks and rays under the Appendices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), made official today in the final plenary session of the Conference of Parties (CoP). With these listings, member countries agreed to grant strict protection to the reef manta, the nine devil rays, and the five sawfishes, and committed to work internationally to conserve all three species of thresher sharks, two types of hammerheads, and the silky shark.
Project AWARE, Shark Advocates International, Humane Society International, IFAW, The Shark Trust, and Defenders of Wildlife are welcoming an unprecedented suite of proposals from Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to list 21 species of rays and sharks on the CMS Appendices. Download your copy of relevant factsheets below and learn more:
When the Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) will open its doors to welcome DIVE 2014 visitors on 25 and 26 October, scuba divers will have just a few days left to speak up for imperiled shark and ray species before their fate is debated at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) to be held in Quito, Ecuador early November 2014.