Safeguarding Sharks Through Sound Conservation Policy

New Report Shows Most Countries are Falling Short on Commitments to Protect Sharks and RaysNew Report Shows Most Countries are Falling Short on Commitments to Protect Sharks and Rays

Monaco, December 13, 2018. Most countries are not living up to shark and ray protection commitments made under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), according to conservationists. A comprehensive review released today by Shark Advocates International (SAI), Sharks Ahead, documents national and regional actions for 29 shark and ray species listed under CMS from 1999 to 2014. At a shark-focused CMS meeting this week, the authors highlight their findings and make urgent calls for action. Read More

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New 10-year Strategy for Protecting Sharks and Rays

A group of experts from international conservation organizations is announcing a new strategy for combating the decline of sharks and closely related rays, while warning that the rays are even more threatened and less protected than the higher profile sharks. Read More

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Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks & Rays

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Conserving Migratory Sharks & Rays: Priorities for Action

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New Fact Sheet

Manta and Devil Rays (Mobulids)of the Eastern Tropical Pacific

Manta and devil ray species (family Mobulidae) are facing heavy targeted and incidental fishing pressure around the world, increasingly driven by escalating Chinese demand for their gill plates.


Dogfish are sharks, too

Dogfish Are Sharks Too! Coastal species often called "dogfish" need sound conservation policies and strict finning bans, just like bigger sharks

Protecting sharks from unsustainable trade: All eyes on CITES

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Shark Advocates International, like conservationists from around the world, is now keenly focused on the March 3-15 Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand. There, Parties will vote on a record number of proposals for controlling trade in a variety of threatened sharks and rays, including hammerheads and mantas. Click here to see our new fact sheets on these species. Read more...

Landslide Vote in European Parliament Puts Stronger EU Finning Ban in Reach

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Shark Advocates International (SAI) is joining the chorus of conservation groups worldwide heralding the recent European Parliament vote to close loopholes in the European Union (EU) ban on shark finning (the wasteful process of slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea). The vote represented the culmination of six years of intense campaigning and debate.

On November 22, Members of the European Parliament voted 566-47 in favor of a proposal from the European Commission to prohibit removal of shark fins on board fishing vessels (and thereby require that all sharks landed still have their fins naturally attached). Read more...

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