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Our work is rooted in science and the principles of sustainability. Science removes guesswork. It enables us to make informed decisions, so we can direct our efforts where it's needed most and get results.
IUCN RED LIST
Our priorities are shaped by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. It supports scientific research and manages field projects all over the world. Bringing together governments, Non Government Organisation's, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities.
The IUCN's most recent analysis on sharks compiles the most comprehensive data we have to date on sharks. It's a vital resource. Knowing where and how a species lives, as well as the threats it faces, is key. Without this information we wouldn't know how to protect them.
Sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras, are among the world's most threatened animals
The IUCN analysis shows that the sharks at highest risk are the large shallow water species. These include angelsharks, thresher sharks and sawfishes. But it's the rays (such as skates, sawfishes, and guitarfishes) that are the most at risk. Yet rays are generally given less attention than their more charismatic relatives.
An estimated 1/4 of all shark, skate, ray and chimaeras species are threatened with extinction. Almost half are listed as Data Deficient. This means that we don't have enough information to assess how threatened they are. Many of these - the “lost” sharks and rays – haven't been seen for decades and may already be extinct.
IUCN Red List Status Categories
Species referred to as threatened are those listed as Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN) or Vulnerable (VU).
The infographic below shows the number of shark, skate and ray species listed under each IUCN Red List Category as of 2015:
SHARK TRUST - DRIVEN BY SCIENCE
Science is at the heart of our work – we’re guided by scientific evidence and the principles of sustainability. Our advocacy campaigns target sustainability and the need for better data to manage fisheries. Many of our other projects are collaborative in nature and revolve around collecting useful data about sharks. We manage several databases, which provide a wealth of information about different species. These data all feed in to conservation planning and influence our decision-making process.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IUCN:
See the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (version 3.1) for further details.
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