Protect the Daggernose Shark from extinction

  • by: Chris Clegg
  • target: Brazillian President Dilma Rousseff and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

The Daggernose shark is unique, very little is known about it except that it is critically endangered.  It is unfortunately the case that with many species they are forced into extinction before they are even recognised.  

The Daggernose shark is caught unintentionally in artisanal floating gillnets.  The population has declined more than 90% in the last 10 years which is also a result of a restricted geographical range, a gestation period of 12 months and a slow reproductive cycle.

The IUCN recommends;

  • the extension of conservation areas to cover areas where the Daggernose shark spends part of it's lifecycle.  Mainly relating to the Reentrancias Maranhenses in Brazil.
  • The release of netted sharks that have been unintentionally caught as well as as the creation and monitoring of species specific laws and catching restrictions on the shark (intentionally or unintentionally.)
  • The inclusion of the species on the Brazilian National List of Endangered Species (IBAMA.)
  • Continued scientific study and monitoring to raise awareness.
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