A world where sharks, rays, skates, and chimaeras are valued and managed for sustainability
To secure the conservation, management and, where necessary, the recovery of the world's sharks, rays and chimaeras by mobilizing global technical and scientific expertise to provide the knowledge that enables action
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Where We Work
The IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) was established by the IUCN Species Survival Commission in 1991. Our 165 members from 51 countries and territories are distributed among 12 regional sub-groups and provide leadership for the conservation of threatened populations and species of all chondrichthyan fishes.
The IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) has long been a trusted source of science-based information and advice on sharks and their relatives. This solid reputation has been built on widespread interest in the IUCN Red List as a means of identifying and prioritizing species at risk, monitoring threats, and evaluating conservation action. Our work continues to centre on finding expert consensus as to the global status of species, and is guided by the following principles: