The key aim of this book is to explore the global conservation and management of sharks. There has been a rapid decline in populations of many shark species, while new science has emerged of the critical role they play in marine ecosystems. However, the authors show that conservation law and policy have been slow to develop, with only a small number of iconic species being protected worldwide. The increase in fishing impact – primarily through shark finning and by-catch - has led to shark conservation receiving greater international attention in recent years. 

The book explores our current knowledge and status of the law and science in relation to sharks with a particular focus on improving frameworks for their conservation and management. Recent trends are analysed, including shark finning bans that have been put in place in several countries, the widening number of nations establishing shark sanctuaries and the growth of shark-based tourism. The efficacy of current listing processes for endangered species and fisheries regulations is also examined. Tourism is explored as an alternative to fishing and the risks and impacts associated with this industry are analysed. 

Contributors include leading authorities from universities and conservation organizations in North America, Europe and Australia. A common theme is to emphasise the importance of collaborative governance between various interest groups and the need for inter-disciplinary research and management approaches that are necessary to address the decline in sharks.

chapter |5 pages


ByErika J. Techera, Natalie Klein

part |59 pages

Governance challenges

chapter |18 pages

Approaches to conservation and governance of marine species

ByErika J. Techera

chapter |19 pages

The existing global legal regimes

ByNatalie Klein

chapter |20 pages

Challenges for international governance

ByMary Lack

part |65 pages

Scientific perspectives

chapter |20 pages

The state of knowledge on sharks for conservation and management

ByJeremy J. Kiszka, Michael R. Heithaus

chapter |18 pages

Shark conservation, governance and management

The science—law disconnect
ByPaolo Momigliano, Rob Harcourt

chapter |25 pages

Human perceptions and attitudes towards sharks

Examining the predator policy paradox
ByChristopher Neff

part |61 pages

Actors and stakeholders

chapter |22 pages

Collaborations for conservation

ByAnissa Lawrence

chapter |19 pages

The role of the tourism industry

ByChristine A. Ward-Paige

chapter |18 pages

Shark conservation efforts

ByJill Hepp, Elizabeth Griffin Wilson

part |66 pages

Risks and rewards

chapter |16 pages

Economic rationale for shark conservation

ByAndrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor, U. Rashid Sumaila

chapter |23 pages

Iconic species

Great white sharks, basking sharks and whale sharks
ByRyan M. Kempster, Shaun P. Collin

chapter |25 pages

Species at the intersection

ByCharlie Huveneers, William Robbins

part |63 pages

Tools and techniques

chapter |23 pages

The role of marine protected areas and sanctuaries

ByHoyt Erich

chapter |23 pages

Fisheries management and regulations

ByBoris Worm, Aurelie Cosandey-Godin, Brendal Davis

chapter |15 pages

Synergies, solutions and the way forward

ByNatalie Klein, Erika J. Techera