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Latest IUCN Shark Specialist Group Stories

2014-01-21 08:27:48

GLAND, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, according to IUCN Red List(TM) criteria, with rays at greater risk than sharks. The findings, published today in the journal eLife, are part of a global assessment of 1,041 species conducted by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. Ray and sharks are at substantially higher risk than most other groups of animals and have the lowest percentage of species...

2012-08-13 06:21:36

IUCN Specialist Group issues Red List Assessments for North & Central American species VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) is releasing the first compilation of status assessments for nearly 300 sharks, rays, and chimaeras (chondrichthyan fishes) found in North American, Central American, and Caribbean waters conducted using on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species criteria. The report shows that 13.5%...

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2010-10-27 10:15:00

Conservation actions aid vertebrates, but not nearly enough Dr. Jack Musick, emeritus professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has overseen a global study suggesting that 33 percent of shark, skate, and ray species are threatened with extinction. The work is part of a major new study of vertebrates by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's oldest and largest environmental network. The IUCN study shows that conservation actions have benefitted a...

2008-05-25 15:39:41

More than 50 percent of wide-ranging oceanic shark species are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing, according to a new study. The research, conducted by 15 scientists from institutes around the world and organized by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, focused on oceanic pelagic sharks and rays, including great white sharks, whale sharks, crocodile sharks, bigeye threshers, basking sharks, shortfin makos, longfin makos, salmon sharks, silky sharks, porbeagle sharks,...

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2008-05-22 15:30:00

An international study by specialists with the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) has found that more than half of the world's sharks are at risk of extinction.The report, the first to determine the global threat status of oceanic pelagic sharks and rays, found that 16 out of 21 species are at increased risk of extinction. The threat is primarily caused by targeted fishing for valuable meat and fins, along with indirect take in other fisheries that are typically unregulated and unsustainable....