All three species of angel sharks (genus Squatina) inhabiting the Mediterranean Sea are listed as Critically Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species due to overexploitation. New records from Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Libya were collected from citizen-scientists and integrated with local knowledge obtained using structured interviews in the four countries. Observations and reports, together with an analysis of the reconstructed fisheries data, resulted in the identification of areas of interest, a review of the illegal trade of the species and a debate about the credibility of fisheries data for assessing threatened and/or protected species. Unconventional sources of information, such as social media, were identified as important tools for monitoring rare and endangered marine wildlife. This work will contribute to promoting international cooperation for advancing angel shark conservation in line with the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Angel Shark Conservation Strategy.

Integrating local ecological knowledge, citizen science and long-term historical data for endangered species conservation: Additional records of angel sharks (Chondrichthyes: Squatinidae) in the Mediterranean Sea

Tiralongo F.;
2019-01-01

Abstract

All three species of angel sharks (genus Squatina) inhabiting the Mediterranean Sea are listed as Critically Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species due to overexploitation. New records from Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Libya were collected from citizen-scientists and integrated with local knowledge obtained using structured interviews in the four countries. Observations and reports, together with an analysis of the reconstructed fisheries data, resulted in the identification of areas of interest, a review of the illegal trade of the species and a debate about the credibility of fisheries data for assessing threatened and/or protected species. Unconventional sources of information, such as social media, were identified as important tools for monitoring rare and endangered marine wildlife. This work will contribute to promoting international cooperation for advancing angel shark conservation in line with the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Angel Shark Conservation Strategy.
2019
Angelshark
mediterranean
sawback angelshark
smoothback angelshark
threatened species
unconventional sources
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