Saturday, July 13, 2024

New Shark, Ray Identification Guides Published For SE Asia


Two new guides to help identify sharks and rays in the Southeast Asian region have been released.

The guides, collectively called Pocket Field Guide: sharks and rays in Southeast Asian region and have descriptions of the most commonly found 25 species of rays and 25 species of sharks.

The guides are the work of the CITES Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC).

The primary purpose of the publication is to allow fisheries officers, researchers, and CITES authorities to better identify sharks and rays found in their waters.

Ivonne Higuero, the CITES Secretary-General, commented on the guide, stating:

“We believe the information in these new guides will greatly support efforts to conserve CITES-listed marine species from overfishing in South East Asia, thus contributing to ensure fisheries in the region can remain sustainable. As Parties continue to discuss the potential listing of additional marine species and the implications for fisheries and fishing communities, tools like these guides and SEAFDEC’s technical reports can only support Parties in implementing the Convention and achieving its conservation and sustainable use objectives.”

You can find out more information here.
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
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! Sam is a Staff Writer for