Project AWARE welcomes the inclusion, for the first time, of species of sharks and rays in the Spanish List of Wild Species under Special Protection (Listado de Especies Silvestres en Régimen de Protección Especial, in Spanish).On 23 February 2011, the Spanish Official State Gazette published Royal Decree Nº139/2011, developing the List of Wild Species under Special Protection and the Spanish Catalog of Threatened Species. Inclusion in these lists prohibits the capture, injury, trade, import and export of these species, and requires periodic evaluations of their conservation status. The species included in the List of Wild Species under Special Protection are:
- White shark (Carcharodon carcharias), Mediterranean population.
- Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus), Mediterranean and Iberian Atlantic populations.
- Giant devil ray (Mobula mobular), Mediterranean population.
- All species of hammerhead sharks (genera Sphyrna and Eusphyra) and thresher sharks (genus Alopias).