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The 4th International Whale Shark Conference, 16–18 May 2016, Doha, Qatar

Global shark protection by Dr. Ralf P. Sonntag Sharks have been exploited over decades with very little or no management at all. This had devastating effects on many shark populations around the world. A récent report published by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group in 2014 showed that globally close to 25% of sharks and rays are threatened with extinction. They face more threats today then ever before in history. Primary drivers for this overfishing, as well as much of the bycatch related mortality, is the demand for shark fins used in shark fin soup, the demand for cheap shark meat and other traditional products, as well as the lack of management control along the whole trade chain. Approach In this respect CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is … Read entire article »

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