Sharks and Rays
The great unknown
Sharks and rays are a very diverse group and constitute a key element in the regulation of coastal and oceanic marine ecosystems. At present, it is one of the groups most threatened with extinction in the world, so the protection of these species should be considered a priority. The main causes that have led to the decline in populations of sharks and rays around the world are overfishing and the degradation of habitats. The main objective of the project is to determinate the areas where inhabit the different sharks and rays species, especially those that are threatened with extinction.
Scientific framework
Sharks and rays are especially vulnerable to overexploitation due to their slow growth, late sexual maturity, and low fecundity. For this reason, it is essential to know the presence and distribution of the different species that inhabit our seas and thus implement measures for their protection before they disappear.
How to get involved
Sharks and rays are not very abundant, but you can see them from a boat, from the beach or underwater. If you see any, you can take photographs or videos that serve as evidence of their presence. You can also report their abundance, location and other aspects that seem relevant to you.

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Scientific team
Claudio Barría
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) - Responsable del Proyecto
Ana I. Colmenero
Ana María Abril
UIB-Universitat de les Illes Balears
Gonzalo Mucientes
Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas Vigo
Gabriel Morey
Save the Med Foundation

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