Why Speak up for Makos

The decline of North Atlantic shortfin makos is among the clearest and most urgent shark conservation crises in the world. The population is seriously overfished and headed for collapse. Since 2017, scientists associated with the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have advised banning retention of North Atlantic shortfin makos, without exception, as the cornerstone of a recovery plan.

ICCAT fishery managers have finally agreed that, in 2022 and 2023, all retention of North Atlantic shortfin makos will be prohibited. However, it is crystal clear from the latest ICCAT negotiations that the EU remains focused on reviving exploitation as soon as possible. To prevent shenanigans and backsliding in 2024, we need even more countries and voices at the table fighting back to rebuild the population. We urge all ICCAT Parties to align their ICCAT and CITES obligations for makos.

Who is Speaking up for Makos

Conservationists, concerned citizens, scientists, scuba divers, aquarium representatives, and policy makers from Atlantic fishing countries, including some EU Member States, are calling for science-based mako protection without further delay.

Support among governments has grown for finally adopting what scientists call the most effective immediate measure to reverse decline of North Atlantic shortfin makos: a prohibition on retention, without exceptions.

ICCAT Parties have what they need to save North Atlantic makos: clear scientific advice, shark conservation mandates, the capacity to enforce a straightforward ban, a platform for dedicated deliberations, and encouragement from conservationists around the world. But time is running out!


Who we are and What we do

The Shark Trust, Ecology Action Centre, Shark Advocates International, and the PADI AWARE Foundation, with support from the Shark Conservation Fund, formed the Shark League of the Atlantic and Mediterranean to advance responsible regional shark and ray conservation policies.

Impact

GLOBAL ACTION FOR MAKO SHARKS IN OVER 35 COUNTRIES

65K+ CONCERNED CITIZENS MAKING THEIR VOICE HEARD FOR MAKOS

5 YEARS SINCE ICCAT SCIENTISTS ISSUED THEIR FIRST WARNING

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