New project seeks Welsh volunteers to help save one of the world’s rarest sharks

Could local communities help save the Critically Endangered Angelshark?

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In an exciting collaboration between fishers and conservationists, a new project focused on demystifying the threats and history of the Critically Endangered Angelshark (Squatina squatina) off the coast of Wales, launches today, 17 July 2018.

Fishers, divers, school children and those over the age of 60 – and everyone in between – are being asked to get involved in this pioneering new project that aims to safeguard this unique species, once abundant in Welsh waters.

The Angel Shark Project: Wales’ led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will be run alongside twelve other partner organisations. The project aims to shine a spotlight on one of the world’s rarest sharks by working with five coastal communities across Wales. Data gathered from community memories, historical research, fisher knowledge and citizen science surveys, will help build a better understanding and conservation plan for the species.

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