Mediterranean spurdog (Squalus acanthias) © Dino Simeonidis/Biosphoto
The European Commission's Action plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks is based on the following three specific objectives:
After a wide consultation of stakeholders, who concluded on the whole that the recommended measures are necessary, the Commission approved the Plan on 5 February 2009 and forwarded it to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.
The European plan is based on the International Action plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (IPOA SHARKS) adopted by the FAO in 1999. The international plan aims to ensure the conservation and management of sharks and their sustainable use at global level. It is voluntary but all the States concerned are encouraged to implement it.