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01/02/2020 Ocean protection

Protecting hammerhead and blacktip shark nursery grounds in the Galapagos Marine Reserve

As part of our Endangered Sharks of Galapagos programme, suspected nursery sites have been identified around Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands for blacktip and scalloped hammerhead sharks.

Photograph of Beth Byrne

Beth Byrne

Former Communications & Marketing Officer at Galapagos Conservation Trust

There has never been a more important time to protect sharks. 100 million sharks are killed globally every year either through fishing or accidental deaths caused by humans. In late 2019, the scalloped hammerhead was reclassified from endangered to critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Endangered species.

Galapagos is famous for its sharks. The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) is rich with marine life and is one of the few places left in the world with such a high number of sharks.

As part of our Endangered Sharks of Galapagos programme, suspected nursery sites have been identified around Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands for blacktip and scalloped hammerhead sharks. This project focuses on mapping these areas to establish them as ‘true’ nursery sites, and ultimately implement better protections.

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How can you help?

Please help us conserve the endangered sharks of Galapagos today by giving a donationadopting a hammerhead shark or  joining up as a GCT member.

 

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