Shark News | Issue 02 | July 2021
I am very happy to announce the publication of the second issue of the Shark News magazine today!
Shark News was the official SSG newsletter from June 1994 to October 2004. We revived this magazine in 2021 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the SSG, to provide a forum for exchanging information on all aspects of shark, ray, and chimaera conservation matters for SSG members and the general interested audience. Shark News has hence been reshaped into a modern quarterly magazine also to be used as an outreach and educational tool.
I take this opportunity to thank my dad – Peter Scholl – for designing this new issue, and generously donating his time, expertise and passion for this project! It is also a great pleasure – for both of us – to work together again on this magazine series, following our collaboration between 2014 and 2019 in the publication of the Save Our Seas magazine.
« The stories are inspiring, hopeful, and engaging — from using art as a tool for social change and education on sharks and rays, interviewing the public in Hong Kong about the shark fin trade and consumption patterns, establishing a network of researchers across the European range of Angel Sharks and developing regional action plans, collaborating across borders to save a Critically Endangered Sand Tiger Shark population in South America, using fisher knowledge to understand the status of sawfishes in Sri Lanka, organizing a regional symposium to bring together scientists and find synergies across research and management actions, exploring shark fisheries in Albania and Kenya, and studying Silky Sharks in the Atlantic Ocean. These stories are exemplary in showcasing how different individuals are pushing beyond the constraints of daily realities, taking risks despite the complexities of their situations, and proving that there are so many ways to contribute to shark conservation. Indeed, the fate of sharks is inextricably linked to all these projects, their findings, how we use them to inform policy, and our interactions with each other. »Dr Rima W. Jabado | IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) Chair
I also want to thank the many contributors who have helped to shape the content of this second issue: Rima Jabado, Michelle Scott, Chelsea Stein, Nicholas Samaras, Debbie Wallace, Marc Dando, Lee Crockett, Simon Hilbourne, Guy Stevens, Aristide Takoukam, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Maria Cristina Oddone, Patricia Charvet, Jennifer Pytka, Andrea Pauly, Eva Meyers, Charlotte Pike, Dave Jacoby, Lucy Mead, Jake Davies, Sarah Al Mabruk, Ioannis Giovos, Patrik Krstinic, Simone Niedermüller, Joanna Barker, Michael Sealey, Belen Caro, David Jimenez Alvarado, Nuno Vasco Rodrigues, Alexander Huber, Juan Martin Cuevas, Yan Torres, Brendan Talwar, Alen Soldo, Rigers Bakiu, Kennedy Osuka, Markus Burgener, Akshay Tanna, Jie Zhang, Stan Shea, Ranny Yuneni, Fahmi, Heike Zidowitz, Manuel Dureuil, Brit Finucci, Cassandra Rigby, Hollie Booth, Divya Karnad, Daniel Abel, Dean Grubbs, David Ebert, Sarah Fowler, and the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) members.