Press Releases 2021 Endangered Mako Sharks Get A Break Conservationists are heralding a hard-fought ban on retention of North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks adopted today by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as a first step toward reversing the decline of the seriously overfished population. For more click here. Ali Hood wins IFAW’s Marine Conservation Award London October 2021. Our Director of Conservation, Ali Hood, has been awarded the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s Marine Conservation Award for her outstanding dedication to protecting sharks. The ceremony, held at the House of Lords, saw IFAW present the 2021 Animal Action Awards to an inspiring group of true animal heroes. Download the press release here (Word Doc) Arctic Shark Denied Protection Shark League 27th September, 2021. The Greenland shark – the species thought to have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate – has been denied new protections at this week’s (online) annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). For more click here. Shark Trust to host 2022 Sharks International Conference The 2022 Sharks International Conference is coming to Europe, and we are hosting it! The fourth edition of the conference will bring together the shark research, communication, and advocacy communities to explore what's happening with sharks and rays globally. Click here for more UK Government to introduce world-leading ban on shark fin trade Released by DEFRA - 15 August 2021 Import and export of detached shark fins banned to promote shark conservation World-leading trade ban will extend to shark fin products including tinned shark fin soup Endangered and overfished species including shortfin mako and blue shark are among those to benefit from greater protections For more click here.