Cocos Island, one of the last frontiers on the planet for sharks. However, even here sharks are in trouble.
Due to the global pandemic, our organization is taking a serious blow. Tourism restrictions have affected our international volunteer program, which is currently canceled, and a lot of sea turtle nests in Guanacaste will not be able to be protected by our team.
Debido a la pandemia global, nuestra organización se ha visto seriamente afectada. Debido a la restricción al turismo nuestro programa de voluntariado internacional se encuentra detenido y muchos nidos de tortugas marinas en las playas de Guanacaste no podrán ser protegidos por nuestro equipo de trabajo.
For the first time, researchers have traced the origins of shark fins from the retail market in Hong Kong back to the location where the sharks were first caught. This will allow them to identify “high-risk” supply chains for illegal trade and better enforce international trade regulations.
“The shark fin trade is a global market and international trade regulations are part of the solution to better manage threatened species like the scalloped hammerhead,” Chapman said. “DNA detective work like this helps us understand which regions in the world are most heavily fishing this species and can narrow down where conservation interventions are needed most.”