Global priorities for conserving sharks and rays : a 2015-2025 strategy

Brautigam A, Callow M, Campbell IR, et al (2016) Global priorities for conserving sharks and rays : a 2015-2025 strategy

The Global Strategy for the Conservation of Sharks and Rays (2015–2025), summarized here, is the product of an intensive 18-month strategic planning process incorporating extensive data analysis and synthesis, including a set of background documents, several technical workshops, and ongoing consultation and review.
This process involved a team of experts representing the following organizations: Shark Advocates International, the Shark Trust, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International. The co-chairs of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group served as technical advisors and contributors to the planning process.
This document presents a summary of the global priorities for shark and ray conservation that have been identified through this collaborative process. Fundamental elements of the strategy include: improvements in governance frameworks and regimes for shark and ray conservation; data collection and scientific investigation to further the understanding of sharks and rays and the pressures on their populations; development and deployment of tools to strengthen technical capacity; and fostering increased commitment, including political will and financial investment, across multiple sectors.