« …First, a team from Dalhousie University introduces us to a global project being undertaken to uncover the trade in shark meat... We share the news of the publication of a three-volume guide series on CITES-listed species that Debra Abercrombie and myself worked on over the last few years to support the implementation of trade controls and which will allow the identification of whole sharks, trunks, and dried products (fins, rostra, and gill plates). We have a note to emphasize the detrimental impact of trade on South American Freshwater Stingrays and highlight how CITES can ensure this trade can be regulated. And we have results from a new study showcasing trade data which indicates that European Union Member States provide almost a third of shark-related fin imports into Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.
…Our feature story is about Important Shark and Ray Areas (ISRA), a project we have recently embarked on that I am convinced will make a difference for shark conservation… The importance of delineating such critical habitat for sharks and their contribution to species conservation is highlighted in a story on Angel Sharks in the Mediterranean and echoes the feedback we have received about this initiative…
Other stories show how consolidating available data can further our knowledge of species distribution of Bull Sharks and how engaging with recreational anglers, although an activity that might seem controversial for many, can be a valuable source of data and contribute to supporting fisheries management decisions. We highlight more work by dedicated and inspiring educators working hard in The Bahamas and Brazil to ensure the next generation cares about the marine environment and can become advocates for sharks…»
Dr Rima W. Jabado: IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) Chair
We also would like to thank and recognise the many contributors who have contributed and helped to shape this fifth issue: Rima Jabado, Chelsea Stein, Alexandra Morata, Irene Kingma, Alison Hood, James Harris, Ioannis Giovos, Roxani Naasan Aga Spyridopoulou, Peter Gausmann, Ana Martins, Chris Mull, Zoya Tyabji, Aaron MacNeil, Jillian Morris, Lauren De Vos, Evan Nazareth, Hannah Rudd, Georgia Jones, Patricia Charvet, Gregory Prang, Maria Lúcia Góes de Araújo, Maria Cristina Oddone, Cassandra Rigby, Luke Warwick , Barbara Slea, Megan O'Toole, Stanley Shea, Michael Scholl, Peter Scholl and all the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) members.