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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Thanks to ⁦@WhySharksMatter⁩ for making time for makos at #DCDiveShow! Divers are key to convincing the US & 🇺🇸 Curaçao 🇨🇼 to change course and support urgent scientific advice for Atlantic shortfin makos! More at https://t.co/qEc6it64D8 #SharkLeague #MakeTime4Makos

#CMSCOP13 is on this week. Great chance for delegates to consider #SharkLeague "Rhetoric vs. Reality" piece urging govts to bridge the environment-fisheries gap that exacerbates the plight of many elasmobranchs, especially shortfin makos: https://t.co/syQ36A9dKz #MakeTime4Makos

#CMSCOP13 is underway. Great time for delegates to consider this #SharkLeague "Rhetoric vs. Reality" piece urging govts to bridge the environment-fisheries divide that exacerbates the plight of many elasmobranchs, especially shortfin makos: https://t.co/syQ36AqP99 #MakeTime4Makos

It's #MakoMonday and one week out from the start of the @BonnConvention CoP. Great time to remind governments that -- for sharks -- commitments under wildlife treaties require follow up action at fisheries bodies. Case in point: Makos & ICCAT https://t.co/syQ36A9dKz #SharkLeague

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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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