Sharks, key species for the health of our seas

The Aquatic Resource Authority of Panama (ARAP), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), the Regional University Center of Veraguas and MarViva Foundation, got together on Wednesday, January 25, to discourage the consumption in Panama of newly born and young sharks, as a step orientated to guarantee the health of our seas.

The announcement was made during the launch of one of the communication pieces, which adopted the emblematic figure of the Hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini), and promoted the responsible consumption of fishery products. Likewise, it sought to influence the adoption of more effective measures designed by the fishing industry, government, research and other key players.

The event counted with the participation of the General Manager of the Aquatic Resource Authority of Panama (ARAP), Giovanni Lauri; the Chief of Department of Evaluation of Aquatic Resources from the Research and Development Direction of ARAP, Yehudi Rodríguez; biologist, Ángel Javier Vega; associate scientist of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Héctor Guzmán; and the National Director of MarViva Foundation, Zuleika Pinzón.

The consumption of species in their juvenile stage, who have not yet reached a maturity age and size, and haven’t yet being able to reproduce, will gradually reduce their natural ability to ensure their offspring. This puts at risk the sustainability of marine and coastal resources, which represent an important source of protein for the population of Panama and the world

For more information please contact Larissa De León Gutiérrez, Communications Officer of MarViva Panama.  Tel: (507) 317-4350 / 6677-7631 larissa.deleon@marviva.net   / www.marviva.net   / info.panama@marviva.net