Our organizations appreciate the opportunity to offer our perspective on Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) conservation measures for sharks and rays. We focus on these species because of the low reproductive capacity that leaves most of them particularly vulnerable to overexploitation. We remain deeply concerned about the perilous status of shark and ray populations in the Eastern Pacific, and the associated lack of basic safeguards. Our recommendations for measures that could begin to address these concerns are detailed below.


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