EU and US Prevent Vital Protections for Endangered Mako Sharks

Mallorca, Spain. November 25, 2019. Conservationists are shocked and distressed that the European Union and the United States – despite long promoting science-based shark conservation - were the main obstacles to the adoption of urgently needed protections for mako sharks at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Download Press Release (Word Document)

EU Holds the Cards for Endangered Atlantic Sharks

London, November 2019. It’s make or break time for Shortfin Makos as Spain sets to host international fisheries meeting. Conservationists are focused on the European Union ahead of an international gathering of fishing nations that could make or break the future of Endangered mako sharks. Download Press Release (Word Document)

18 Shark & Ray Species Granted New Global Trade Controls at Wildlife Conference

Geneva, Switzerland. August 28, 2019. Conservation groups are praising today’s confirmation that all species of Wedgefishes, Giant Guitarfishes, and Mako Sharks will be added to Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Download Press Release (Word Document)

Scientists Issue Grim Status Update on Atlantic Mako Sharks, Recommend Full Ban Conservationists put the spotlight on the EU for inaction and hypocrisy

London, UK. 24 June 2019. A new report shows that the overfished North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Shark population is continuing to decline and needs not only immediate protection but several decades to recover. Download Press Release (Word Document)

Full Protection for Angel Sharks in the Canary Islands

Canary Islands, 06 June 2019. The Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition has announced today that angel shark populations are fully protected in the Canary Islands, through inclusion on the Spanish Endangered Species List. Download Press Release (Word Document) - English | Spanish

Landings of Endangered Rays in Tunisia Denounced

London, UK. 09 April 2019. Conservation groups are calling for answers and action in relation to the landing of Endangered Giant Devil Rays in Kelibia, Tunisia, in contravention of international agreements to protect the species. Download Press Release (Word Document)

Initiative launched to Avert Crisis for Critically Endangered Mediterranean Angel Sharks

Tunis, 29 March 2019. Just five days after the IUCN reconfirmed all three species of Mediterranean angel sharks are Critically Endangered, regional and international experts gathered together in Tunisia. Download Press Release (pdf): English | French | Arabic