21 Jul '12, 10am

10 species – incl hammerheads and shortfin mako – will now be strictly protected in the Mediterranean Sea

10 species – incl hammerheads and shortfin mako – will now be strictly protected in the Mediterranean Sea

Ten species – including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako – will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention Finally, after repeated delays on the part of the European Commission, these vulnerable sharks and rays have been granted the legal protection that they urgently require” Ricardo Aguilar, Director of Research The EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention. These species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, have declined dramatically in numbers – some by as much as 99% during the last century – while others have vanished from parts of the Mediterranean where they were once common. The delayed decision of the EU was the final step needed to formalise their protection, to which the remaining countries within the convention had agreed...

Full article: http://www.projectaware.org/update/threatened-sharks-and-...

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