Shark Week

August 14, 2020

Right now, we face the very real possibility that in future decades, rather than a celebration, Shark Week will represent more of a poignant remembrance of the ancient predators that once roamed our oceans and reefs but have since mostly disappeared. Despite this gloomy picture, however, there is hope.

This week, we will showcase how a range of WCS marine programs are tackling the crisis facing the world’s sharks based on scientific advice supported by our own and the wider communities’ research.

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Photo Credit: ©GlobalFinPrint

Making Our Marine Environment Safe for Future Shark Weeks

By Luke Warwick

The results of the massive GlobalFinPrint survey of the world's coral reef sharks are impressive, but they suggest a deeply troubling trend.

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Photo Credit: ©Zoya Tyabji/WCS-India

Ground Realities of Shark Fisheries in India

By Zoya Tyabji

Addressing shark and ray fisheries in India requires a multi-pronged approach of safeguarding livelihoods while addressing the decline of shark and ray populations.

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Ocean Guardians Pave the Way to Save Threatened Sharks and Rays in Bangladesh

By Jamia Rahman Khan & Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur on

Improving knowledge about and compliance with fisheries regulations aiming to protect threatened marine wildlife among artisanal fishers of Bangladesh requires long-term equitable collaborations.

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Photo Credit: ©Christelle Razafindrakoto/WCS

The Informal Blue Economy: East Africa’s Silent Shark Killer

By Rhett Bennett, Dave van Beuningen, and Mike Markovina

Working with government and local partners to achieve a better Blue Economy and ensure that sharks and rays are appropriately and sustainably managed.

First Signs of Hope for Critically Endangered Wedgefish and Giant Guitarfish in Indonesia

By Een Irawan Putra, Dwi Yuwandana & Benaya Simeon

The aim of our local efforts is to understand the condition of wedgefish and giant guitarfish in Java Sea to inform fisheries management.

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Photo Credit: ©Matthew D Potenski/The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Photo Credit: ©Ambroise Brenier/WCS

Are the World’s Most Endangered Rays Living in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea?

By Jonathan Booth

Solving this biodiversity mystery could reveal one of the most important sites to conserve these “rhinos of the sea.”

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