Assessing the status of sharks and rays and developing a national strategy for their conservation in Bangladesh

WCS Bangladesh seeks to reverse declines in threatened species and significantly reduce the overexploitation and bycatch of sharks and rays in Bangladesh through science-based, community-informed fisheries management and constituency building for stakeholder engagement. We will do this by strengthening knowledge on the status, ecology, and trade of sharks and rays through spatially-explicit catch and bycatch assessments, fish landing site surveys, targeted interviews, and market-chain analyses; building constitutiences among fishers, fish traders and government managers for implementing measures to protect sharks and rays; and developing a  ten year national strategy for conserving sharks and rays based on sound science and extensive stakeholder input that has been endorsed by the Government of Bangladesh and implementation started.


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