Pass the Shark, Ray, and Chimaera Conservation Act
Sharks, rays, and chimaeras, referred to collectively as sharks, are valuable to our seas and the world’s oceans, represented with over 1,000 shark species worldwide. Approximately 200 of these are found in the Philippines. The country has earned a unique position globally in shark biodiversity, ranking fourth after Australia, Indonesia, and Japan, and second in Southeast Asia after Indonesia.
Protecting sharks in the Philippines is in our best interest. Their presence is beneficial to both our economy and ecosystems. Fisheries on sharks have been historically practiced in the Philippines, with municipal dominating over commercial fisheries. Shark-based tourism contributes to the local economy, as well, such as Donsol in Sorsogon and Malapascua Island in Cebu.Tourism supports networks and job opportunities for the locals and businesses. Ecological benefits of sharks include keeping coral reefs and seagrass beds healthy, fish populations robust, and nutrient cycling in the seas functioning. Healthy shark populations means healthy seas.
Despite their value, sharks in the Philippines remain vulnerable to a wide range of threats, mostly due to exploitation by humans, such as directed fisheries, accidental fishery or bycatch, marine debris, habitat destruction,weak law enforcement, and unregulated tourism.
However, the listing of several shark species in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016, f and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in October 2017 only proves the urgent need for the Philippines to conserve our dwindling shark populations
Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Save Philippine Seas, Greenpeace Philippines, and several other organizations that are members of the Save Sharks Network Philippines (SSNP) launched the Pating, Saan ka Pararating?: the 2020 Conservation Roadmap for Sharks and Rays in the Philippines in November 2017. The 2020 Roadmap tackles the complex issues surrounding shark conservation but more importantly, serves as a guide to align efforts of all stakeholders toward a common vision of conserving sharks and rays in the Philippines through these conservation pillars: research, communication, community engagement, and governance.
The 2020 Roadmap is designed for use by different agencies, organizations, and individuals to execute their commitments on their own or through concerted efforts.
SSNP is urging politicians to pass a comprehensive law that would allow all shark populations in the Philippines to thrive (enforceable, science-based, and socially just). This law will support the implementation of shark programs and other conservation management interventions at a national scale.
In order to pass a law this law, the politicians need to hear it from you.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Sign this petition and share it with your networks!
2. Share our posts on social media sites and include #ConservePHSharks to increase awareness!
3. Attend/volunteer/get involved in shark projects and researches.
4. Do not consume or purchase any product with sharks, rays, and their by-products and
5. Report sightings of sharks and ray species in wet markets, dive sites, shops, or restaurants to
You can download the online version of the 2020 Roadmap on bit.ly/SSNP2020Roadmap and check out the 2020 Roadmap posters on bit.ly/SSNP2020RoadmapPosters