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SAFEGUARDING

MEDITERRANEAN SHARKS AD RAYS

OUTREACH

UPTAKE

WHAT IS LIFE EU SHARKS

A LIFE project co-funded by the European Union engaging citizens and marine professionals in Croatia, France, Italy, Slovenia and Spain to safeguard the most endangered group of marine fish in Europe.

LIFE European Sharks will run from October 2023 to September 2027.

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EU European sharks

HOW WE DO IT

LIFE EU Sharks will promote the conservation of protected species and encourage responsible and sustainable interactions with sharks and rays by:

1

Training fisheries officers and fishers to reduce mortality of protected species, promoting compliance with EU regulations and improving the quality of data collection.

2

Testing with fishers voluntary actions to reduce shark and ray bycatch mortality, with an assessment of the socio-economic impact of these solutions.

3

Promoting shark and ray catch&release among recreational fishers, and better handling techniques to increase post-release survival.

4

Reducing the risk of entanglement in lost fishing gear with the cooperation of divers.

5

Tapping into the knowledge of sea users to map important areas for breeding, feeding and migration of shark and rays, and stimulate authorities, policy makers and communities to implement conservation measures.

6

Increasing public understanding of the essential role that sharks and rays play in the Mediterranean ecosystem, changing the public image from ‘dangerous’ to ‘endangered’, and encouraging the consumption of local and more sustainable seafood.

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the project

Project factsheet in English

Scheda progetto in Italiano 

Fiche project en Français

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press

Press releases and coverage of LIFE EUsharks

LIFE EU Sharks activities

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