The Global Shark Trends Project aims to reassess the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status of all the world's sharks (the term 'shark' refers to all species of sharks, rays, and chimaeras) by 2020. This map provides an overview of our Red List workplan over the coming years and highlights the series of regional and thematic assessment workshops that will take place around the globe.
The IUCN Red List Index looks at trends in conservation status over time. To date, the only taxonomic groups that have been assessed twice and thus have the data to make an index possible are the amphibians, birds, corals, and mammals, all of which are declining. The GSTP aims to re-assess all chondrichthyans to add a dataset to this indicator for the purposes of ongoing conservation planning and action.
Beginning in April 2018, regional and thematic workshops will be held globally to elicit expertise on threats, population trajectories, and conservation status of ~1,250 species. All of these workshops will then feed into a global Red List Index and a Living Planet Index. In addition to an updated Red List Assessment for each species, retrospective assessments for the year 1980 will be undertaken to determine what the past conservation status of these species was.
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