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COMMENTS ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN SHARK BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT PLAN

On the 2nd July 2023 the EMS Foundation submitted comments to the Deputy Director General of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

The EMS Foundation supports the research published by Gardner and Bullock whose conclusions are that as a result of the climate emergency, conservation must become a survival ecology.

The EMS Foundation continues to encourage the South African government that a shift is required to restore living interconnected systems that create a stable climate, a shift that is of the utmost importance for the well-being of humans and all life on the planet.

Forced habit change, over harvesting, species introductions and cascading effects are the current trends that fail to prevent extensive anthropogenic biodiversity loss.

Sharks, rays and chimeras are part of an estimated one million species that currently face extinction.

Image Credit: Jean Tresfon

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