For the many sharks and rays that are fished by several countries, the international actions by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) have the potential to swiftly safeguard species throughout their ranges. The sharks and rays of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea are particularly beleaguered. International and domestic fisheries management improvements are urgently needed to protect these vulnerable species from overfishing and finning. Specifically, our coalition is aiming to secure through RFMOs and follow-up national actions:

  • Shark and ray catch limits that align with scientific advice,
  • Strict protections for endangered species, and
  • Strong, enforceable bans on shark finning.

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International fishery managers agree to historic yet potentially short-term North Atlantic ban The Press Release is also available in: Français (French), Español (Spanish) Madrid, Spain. November 23, 2021. Conservationists are heralding a hard-fought…
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What better way to kick off our 5th Anniversary year, than to celebrate a #SharkConservation win with one of our very first grantees the #SharkLeague.

Measures recommended by #ICCAT scientists 5 years ago have finally been agreed. #SharkConservationFund

Atlantic fishing nations agree to ban catches of mako, world‘s fastest sharks

Conservationists hail move as ‘critical breakthrough‘ to protect endangered shortfin mako, prized for meat, fins and sportfishing


“At long last, we have the basis for a game-changing rebuilding plan.” - Ali Hood of @SharkTrustUK on #ICCAT2021 North Atlantic shortfin mako measure featured in @PositiveNewsUK #SharkLeague https://t.co/MN9yyIQvWx

“We celebrate this critical step today, mindful that the fight to bolster it begins tomorrow." - Shannon Arnold of @EAC_Marine & #SharkLeague re: new #ICCAT North Atlantic shortfin mako ban, the cornerstone of a historic international rebuilding plan: https://t.co/PgQkGbbr16

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Fast Facts

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The shortfin mako is the world's fastest shark, with bursts of speed estimated at upwards of 30mph.
Spain is the global leader in landings of blue shark, the world's most heavily fished shark*.
Giant devil rays usually give birth to just one pup every two to three years.
Scientists estimate that the greenland shark can live 400 years.
Guitarfish are rays, but their fins are exceptionally valuable for shark fin soup.
Angel sharks are ambush hunters that lie buried in the sand and then burst from cover, protruding their jaws to engulf prey within a fraction of a second.
* (~69,000 tons in 2014, according to FAO)


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