From late 2015 to mid-2016, AZA SAFE worked with shark and ray conservation experts including representatives from the AZA shark and ray SSPs, US government agencies, AZA members and partners, conservation NGOs, and academic institutions to identify and prioritize conservation actions. A 3-year SAFE Conservation Action Plan was developed using SAFE’s collaborative conservation process to address conservation needs and includes projects that are aimed at achieving species and population sustainability. The projects of the Shark and Ray Conservation Action Plan fall within four specific thematic areas including public action, policy and legislation, research, and Species Survival Plans®. Each project, designed to incorporate collaborator expertise to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, is comprised of detailed goals, actions, timelines, and budgets. All projects are coordinated by AZA members who work closely with project collaborators to execute conservation actions, achieve successes, and identify future needs. More detailed information about each project can be found in the Shark and Ray Call for Participation.
Project Coordinator: Jim Wharton
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Contact SAFEshark@aza.org to learn more about this project and the Project Coordinator role.
Project Coordinator: Hap Fatzinger
Project Coordinator: Beth Firchau