Elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) are vulnerable to overfishing. Knowing the volume of the catches of these species is essential to assess the impact of fishing and protect populations. Save The Med have conducted a 12-month survey, monitoring the catches of sharks and rays brought to the Palma Fish Market where 70% of the catches from the Balearic Islands are traded weekly. Throughout 2022, more than 6,000 boxes weighing more than 30 tonnes were surveyed. Eight shark species, and sixteen species of skates and rays were documented. Researchers are continuing to monitor, with the hope of seeing improvements over time.
- This month A Plastic Planet has challenged Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak
- Fish-catch surveys are key to developing sustainable small-scale fisheries
- The first SEATY – local marine conservation area has been created in Sardinia
- Trash Hero announces 53,102 kg of trash has been collected between Jan – July.
- During the summer months, Save The Med’s scientific team are back studying the giant devil rays