Report of the Workshops on Identification of Pelagic Sharks and Rays in the Western Indian Ocean. Albion, Mauritius 28-30 October 2014, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles 4-6 November 2014, Saint Denis, Reunion 25-27 January 2016
|Ref.||GCP/RAF/466/EC SmartFish Project. Report/Rapport: SFFAO/ 2013/34. 70p.|
|Author(s)||Bodiguel C, Clerkin P, Ebert Da, Wallemacq F|
|Contributor(s)||Huet Jerome, Evano Hugues|
Sharks and rays are one of the most successful fish groups, occupying most marine habitats including coastal, deep-sea, and pelagic zones. New shark species are still being discovered: about 157 between 2007 and 2013 against 199 over a much longer period (1970-1999). Moreover, the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) is a worldwide ‘hotspot’ in terms of the diversity of shark species after Australia. About 290 species of sharks have been identified in the WIO region.