What is it about?
Most fished species are not scientifically monitored and many sharks and rays are severely overfished. We analyzed trends in fishing pressure, fisheries management, and population status for all wide-ranging coastal sharks and rays that occur in the Western Atlantic Ocean. We show how management and conservation can be effective to rebuild populations of threatened species and secure a brighter future for these extraordinary, irreplaceable animals.
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Why is it important?
Our findings provide hope, but are a microcosm of the wider problem faced by sharks and rays. To achieve success in shark and ray conservation at a global scale nations must work together. Our study highlights the need for the governments to live up to their commitments and to harmonize their conservation strategies using scientific advice to enable the recovery of overfished shark and ray populations.
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This page is a summary of: Conservation successes and challenges for wide-ranging sharks and rays, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 2023, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2216891120.
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