Monday, November 30, 2020

New Guidebook Released On How To Better Protect Sharks And Rays From Overfishing

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A new guidebook has been released on how to protect sharks and rays from overfishing.

Published by James Cook University and the World Wide Fund for Nature, “A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays” comes at a critical time when almost one in four of the species are classified as threatened according to the IUCN Red List.

The book looks at the impact of Marine Protected Areas, and how some of them have successfully protected sharks and rays while others have failed to do so. It highlights key attributes of successful MPAs, including:

  • Engaging with local communities who may lose income.
  • Effective monitoring and policy adaption
  • Well-resourced and committed staff.
  • Clear defined goals for the MPAs.

The book also points out some shared features of less successful MPAs, including:

  • Paper parks that exist only on maps with no follow up or enforcement.
  • No goals are making it impossible to measure success.
  • Poorly resourced and ignoring local communities.

You can find out more information here or get the full guidebook here.

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Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

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