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Shark News | Issue 03 | October 2021

I am very happy to announce the publication of the third issue of the Shark News magazine today!

Shark News was the original IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)‘s Shark Specialist Group (SSG) newsletter published between 1994 and 2004. In 2021, we revived and reshaped this magazine in its new and modern format 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.

I invite you to discover this third issue of Shark News, and you can download it here in low (29Mb) and high (91Mb) resolution:


In the doom and gloom news that all too often are depicted in regular news, and certainly in the conservation field, we must always keep an eye for the positive results of conservation – if 50 years of conservation efforts bore no results, there would be no point pursuing that path. There are great conservation stories out there, but unfortunately, all too often overlooked by organisations who sadly nurture the same culture of fear that our politicians, societies and news systems seem to favour. The state of our planet, societies, and future is bleak, probably worse than ever. But it is essential to recognise and share the positive news in conservation successes – we need to grow optimism and a sense that we can change situations and resolve problems if we want, at a local, regional or global level. In Shark News, we thrive to showcase a balanced reporting on the activities and results from the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) members towards achieving our mission and vision.

Once again, I would like 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.

« … even though threats to sharks, rays, and chimaeras continue unabated, in this third issue of Shark News, we wanted to share some good news stories from around the world. You can read about how scientists and government entities in Indonesia have mobilized very quickly to understand and improve the status of rhino rays (sawfishes, wedgefishes, giant guitarfishes, and guitarfishes); how in Brazil, what started as a small project is making waves with coastal fishing communities who are now voluntarily releasing a Critically Endangered species of guitarfish; and how in Belize, fishers are currently working with scientists to provide information on their catches and inform policy. With this, we delve into IUCN’s ‘Green Status of Species’, a new global standard to measure how close a species is to be fully ecologically functional across its range and how much it has recovered due to conservation action. We have examples from three species of sharks. Once this tool is integrated as a complement to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, we will have a fuller picture of species’ conservation status in terms of their extinction risk and progress towards their recovery. Along with other stories from fieldwork in Ghana, Greece, and Malaysia, we have more good news from Australia, where only 12% of species are considered threatened, showcasing how fisheries management can work. »

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 third issue: Rima Jabado, Chelsea Stein, Michelle Scott, Marc Dando, Kelvin Aitken, Guy Stevens, Sirachai (Shin) Arunrugstichai, Sarah Fowler, Jennifer Pytka, Andrea Pauly, Sophie Le Clue, Stan Shea, Benaya Simeon, Een Irawan Putra, Khairul Abdi, Yudi Herdiana, Simon Lorenz, Simon J. Pierce, Gonzalo Araujo, Brittany Finucci, Charlie Huveneers, Molly Grace, Peter Kyne, Ian Shaw, Kar-Hoe Loh, Amy Y.H. Then, Serena Adam, Amanda Leung, Bernard Seret, Alexei Orlov, Issah Seidu, Moro Seidu, Ioannis Giovos, Massimiliano Bottaro, Demian D. Chapman, Beverly Wade, Jessica R. Quinlan, Natascha Wosnick, Renata Daldin Leite, Eloísa Pinheiro Giareta, Max Janse, Nuria Baylina, Hollie Booth, Divya Karnad, Cassandra Rigby, Simone Caprodossi, Alistair D. M. Dove, and all the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) members.

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