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Species at risk

Protecting 
the life of the mediterranean sea

SHARKS, DOLPHINS AND SEALS ARE IN DANGER

The Mediterranean’s biodiversity is being destroyed.

The drastic reduction in numbers of large predators such as sharks, dolphins and seals, and the destruction of seabed ecosystems that create essential habitats, are just some of the effects of overfishing, climate change and pollution.

Sharks are especially at risk. They grow slowly, mature late and have low reproductive potential. As a result, they are highly vulnerable to overfishing and habitat loss.

13 SPECIES OF SHARKS AND RAYS HAVE BEEN LOST

In the last century, 13 species of sharks and rays became locally extinct in the western Mediterranean and the Adriatic.

50% of remaning Mediterranean shark and ray species are at risk of extinction.

Despite the ban on fishing and trade for 24 species of sharks and rays, illegal catches continue.

EXPOSING ILLEGAL FISHING

To see how effectively bans were being enforced, we carried out an investigation of Italian fish markets and ports.

We found and exposed several cases of landing and sale of protected species.

As a result of our investigation, the government issued a directive in 2020 imposing the highest level of controls – at sea, on landings and on commercial trade – for all protected species of sharks and rays.

We found and exposed several cases of landing and sale of protected species.

As a result of our investigation, the government issued a directive in 2020 imposing the highest level of controls – at sea, on landings and on commercial trade – for all protected species of sharks and rays.

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FRA del delta dell’Ebro

Quest’area importantissima per l’accrescimento e la riproduzione di specie commerciali, ospita habitat vulnerabili, come il corallo bamboo e diverse specie di pennatula. L’istituzione di una FRA al largo del Delta dell’Ebro potrebbe contribuire al recupero di stock ittici come il nasello, in una zona in cui i tassi di sovrasfruttamento sono tra i più alti di tutto il Mediterraneo.

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FRA del Golfo del Leone

la zona centrale del Golfo del Leone è una delle aree più produttive e ricche di biodiversità del Mediterraneo occidentale. Inoltre, i fondali al largo del Golfo del Leone recentemente sono stati identificati come una delle zone prioritarie per la conservazione degli ambienti profondi del Mediterraneo.

Nel 2022 MedReAct ha proposto la creazione di una nuova FRA nel Golfo del Leone, area ricca di ecosistemi e specie vulnerabili come i coralli di profondità, capodogli e squali.

Firma la petizione

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