Over half of Med’s shark and ray species ‘at risk of extinction’

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From Phys.org:

“Over half of the Mediterranean’s shark and ray species are at risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Monday, blaming overfishing for plummeting numbers.

Of the 72 known species of and rays that exist in the Mediterranean, 39 face “an elevated risk of extinction”, the conservation group said in a report released in Spain.

Twenty species—12 and eight ray species—are “critically endangered”, or one step away from extinction, according to the report.

Species listed as “critically endangered” included the smooth hammerhead shark, the and the .

The Geneva-based IUCN said the conservation status of 11 species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean had worsened since it issued its last assessment in 2007.”

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-med-shark-ray-species-extinction.html#jCp

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