January 14, 2011 Featured Article Read More →

Defra plan to help shark recovery

Sharks, skates and rays under threat of extinction should be given bespoke protection to help them recover faster, according to a new UK Government conservation plan launched today.

The plan outlines how Defra will work to:

  • Make all catches of sharks, skates and rays sustainable
  • Prioritise action to protect and restore the species most at risk
  • Improve the knowledge of shark, skate and ray fisheries through better data collection and scientific research and to use this information to improve fishery management
  • Encourage international conservation bodies to adopt and promote effective conservation measures for sharks, skates and rays
  • Increase understanding, education and awareness of shark, skate and ray issues, working in partnership with the fishing industry and NGOs

The plan also outlines how Defra will continue to work nationally and internationally to allow threatened stocks of sharks, skates and rays to replenish and to ensure that healthier stocks are fished sustainably.

UK Natural Environment and Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon said: “The plan we have published today shows how committed we are to ensuring that fisheries for these species are managed sustainably, and to work both at home and abroad to make it happen.

“The UK is leading the way internationally in trying to ensure a future for these species. We worked hard to protect vulnerable sharks, skates and rays at December’s European Fisheries Council and at the recent meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, and we will continue to push internationally for improvements wherever they’re needed.”

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