Threatened Sharks, Rays Granted Protection in the Mediterranean

Photo: Great news for Mediterranean Sharks! Ten species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention. http://ow.ly/cenCMProject AWARE Foundation

MEDITERRANEAN – Ten species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention.

Oceana is extremely pleased that the EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention.

These species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, have declined dramatically in numbers – some by as much as 99 per cent during the last century – while others have vanished from parts of the Mediterranean where they were once common. The delayed decision of the EU was the final step needed to formalise their protection, to which the remaining countries within the convention had agreed in February.

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