Sharks: among the world's most threatened vertebrates

The results of the IUCN analysis confirm that the world’s 1,041 shark, skate, ray and chimaera species are among its most threatened animals. An estimated one quarter of all species are threatened and only one third considered safe (a smaller proportion than any other vertebrate group). The largest, most charismatic shallow water species, including Angelsharks, Thresher Sharks and Sawfishes, are under greatest threat. The Northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean are among the world’s ‘hot-spots’ for threatened shallow water and also deepwater species – the latter because fisheries have ventured deeper here than in most other parts of the world.


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