Scientific community calls for conservation of Sharks and Rays

Brest, France: European marine scientists at a weekend shark and ray conference signed a Statement of Concern calling for improved European shark policies, bringing the total number of signatories over the 100 mark.

The Statement calls on European Union (EU) Ministers and fisheries managers to heed scientific advice for fishing limits and develop an EU shark plan.

Sonja Fordham, Shark Alliance Policy Director, said, “These experts in marine science have a keen understanding of the seriousness of the situation and the need for immediate action. We are hopeful that EU fisheries Ministers and managers will give special consideration to this compelling perspective and act accordingly to safeguard Europe’s exceptionally imperilled sharks and rays.”

Through the Statement, the experts express their deep concern over the failure of EU fisheries managers to heed scientific advice for several threatened shark species in European waters.

The Statement calls for immediate, science-based limits on shark catches and prompt development of an EU plan to improve the assessment and conservation status of shark populations.

SSACN have long been campaigning for the Scottish Government to protect the key sharks and rays in Scottish waters but we are yet to see any decisive action. It needs to do something about the £4.7 million worth of landings of sharks.

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