Photo: Shown is a close-up of a lemon shark. Credit: Patrick Quinn-Graham, Wikimedia Commons
To unify shark conservation efforts worldwide, marine life experts have just launched a new database containing information on some of the planet's most threatened sharks.
The online tool, called the "Database of measures on conservation and management of sharks," also includes information on threatened skates, rays and chimaeras, which are all related to sharks. It was created by FAO-CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
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In creating the tool, FAO-CITES received support from the European Union, Japan, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Kim Friedman, a senior fishery resources officer working with FAO member states on CITES issues, said, "This shark measures database is a 'one-stop shop' for those wishing to find information on shark, ray and skate guidance and management measures."
Friedman and other members of the convention just wrapped up a meeting in Rome, where new proposals concerning particular sharks and related marine life were discussed. The species included silky sharks and three species of thresher shark. All of the devil rays, one stingray, two ornamental marine fishes (Banggai cardinalfish and clarion angelfish) and all species of the mollusk nautilus were re-evaluated as well.
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