We’re intensifying our efforts to rally our global community to influence governments for national and international protection for mako sharks following a shift in their IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status from Vulnerable to Endangered.
We are calling for urgent action before it's too late!
Now that Member Countries to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have agreed to control trade of both species of mako sharks at the 18th Conference of the Parties to CITES in August 2019, your voice and support helps us ensure that they follow through with commitments to also actively reduce fishing pressure on these overfished shark species.
In just a few months, government representatives from 52 countries will meet to discuss fishing quotas for the Atlantic tuna and other species including mako sharks at the 26th Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to be hosted in Spain, November 18-25.
Succeeding at CITES in August – achieving the makos Appendix II listing – now gives Project AWARE and our Shark League partners more ammo to get these top fishing nations - the EU (particularly Spain and Portugal), US, Japan, Brazil, Morocco and Canada – to ban the retention of Atlantic shortfin mako sharks immediately, as advised by fisheries scientists, and push for an Atlantic-wide fishing ban, where their populations have been severely depleted.
Fisheries Ministers making decisions at ICCAT are all public servants, and we want to ensure that they hear, loud and clear, the message that the international dive community including over 23,000 #Divers4Makos supporters want them to hear; end to uncontrolled mako sharks fishing NOW!