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. Scientists associated with the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) advise banning retention of North Atlantic shortfin makos, without exception, as the cornerstone of a recovery plan, but the EU is still acting on behalf of its fishing industry rather than the greater good.

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

Voices for Makos

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Voices for Makos asking that ICCAT countries take responsibility, and support the call to ban retention of North Atlantic Makos.

Let’s not squander yet another chance to take a stand for imperilled mako sharks.

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