Overview

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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Dear @SecRaimondo: Please lead the US @NOAAFisheries to change course this summer & get on board with a total #ICCAT ban on Endangered North Atlantic shortfin makos, as scientists advise #MakeTime4Makos #FollowTheScience #KnowSharksBetter #SharkLeague

Last week multiple EU Member States challenged the proposed 🇪🇺 ICCAT position on N.Atl Mako, amends to be submitted by noon this #MakoMonday! MEPs, Scientists, retailers, myriad stakeholders & citizens urge @VSinkevicius @EU_Commission to #MakeTime4Mako! #SharkLeague #Rally4Mako

Dear @Teresaribera: Keep up your support for makos! Encourage the @EU_Commission to change course & get on board with a total #ICCAT ban on North Atlantic shortfin makos as scientists advise #MakeTime4Makos #FollowTheScience #Rally4Makos #SharkLeague

I join NGOs, scientists, EU citizens, politicians, Member States voicing concerns for makos and urge @EU_Commission @VSinkevicius to agree on science-based measures - a North Atlantic retention ban, no exceptions - that makos so urgently need #SharkLeague

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Mako Sharks face continued pressure – particularly from the EU fleets. While ICCAT Parties are stepping up to voice their support for a prohibiti...

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Fast Facts

Click / Tap on a shark or ray for a fast fact.
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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