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Shark News | Issue 04 | January 2022

I want to invite you to discover and read the fourth 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 the latest issue of Shark News, and you can download it here in low (29.6 Mb) and high (85.6 Mb) resolution:

www.iucnssg.org/shark-news.html#sharknews004

You can also read it on the Issuu platform on your computer, tablet or smartphone:

bit.ly/3nj4uU6

« … This issue includes stories of hope but also stories that should be sounding alarm bells. Legislative amendments in Bangladesh to protect 23 shark and ray species highlight how important it is for organizations like the Wildlife Conservation Society to work on the ground and engage with governments. These commitments to protect species are often only possible when national-level data are available on species diversity and interactions with fisheries. So it’s great to see projects being completed or taking off in places like Sri Lanka, Iran, and Angola, where only a few years ago, little to no information was available on sharks and rays. In Sri Lanka, there are now data suggesting declines in the numbers of Mantas and Devil Rays landed, which can support ongoing discussions with the government on conservation measures for these species. Through trawl surveys in Iran, a Critically Endangered butterfly ray thought to be Possibly Extinct across its known range was rediscovered, bringing hope for its conservation. In Angola, work has begun with local communities to understand the utilization of sharks and rays and the impact of artisanal fisheries on landed species. Working with communities and the public can bridge knowledge gaps for scientists while fostering awareness of conservation issues. We have a great story from questionnaire-based surveys on public attitudes to sharks and how culture and history can shape attitudes around the world.

Our feature story on freshwater sharks and rays allows us to delve into the little-known world of this unique group of animals. It highlights their plight from human activities, particularly urban development, and the importance of undertaking research and raising their profile. This species group requires immediate attention, and I hope we can work more on freshwater species over the next few years, particularly the South American Freshwater Stingrays, many of which are listed on Appendix III of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). With the next CITES Conference of Parties less than a year away, we wanted to share information on its rules of procedure and our role as the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group when engaging with such international treaties.

We also focus on how art can contribute to improving our understanding of sharks, rays, and chimaeras from the fantastic illustrations drawn by Marc Dando that showcase the beauty and diversity of this group. We recognize the importance of having identification materials to improve data collection in fisheries and trade and inspire future generations to learn about these species through the development of species brochures in Chile. But we understand that capacity building is not only about sharing technical knowledge. It can be inspiring students to care and learn more or engaging with women in small-island states to empower them and teach them about marine conservation and the value of species conservation by teaching them how to swim. »

Dr Rima W. Jabado | IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) Chair

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.

I also would like to recognise and thank the many people who have contributed their articles and photos, and helped shape this fourth issue: Rima JabadoTanya HouppermansChelsea Stein, Michelle Scott, Alexandra Zoe MorataMarc DandoGuy StevensSarah FowlerDaniel FernandoDr Cassie RigbyGlenn SantIoannis GiovosCarlotta Mazzoldi, Peter Kyne, David EbertPaula CarlsonFlossy Barraud, Michael Grant, Me’ira Mizrahi, Rachel Mather, Darcy Roeger, Mathew Young, Alicia WarnerKaitlyn ZerrSimon Hilbourne, Ana Lúcia Furtado Soares, Antonio Mukanda, Mohsen Rezaie-AtagholipourNadim ParvesElisabeth Fahrni MansurFarid Hemida, Ignacio Contreras, Carolina Zagal, Jorge Ruiz, Flávia Petean, Fernanda Lana, Catarina Lopes, Mariana Martins, Bianca Rangel, Mariana Rêgo, Fernanda Rolim, Pollyana Roque, Karla SoaresNatascha Wosnick, and all the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) members.


Check out our previous issues:

Shark News | Issue 03 | October 2021
Shark News | Issue 02 | July 2021
Shark News | Issue 01 | April 2021

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