A new era for shark conservation? Protecting ‘flat sharks’, rays and angels

8 May 2018 18:00 - 19:45

How do we decide which sharks to conserve?

Join us to explore a new era of shark conservation, focusing on better protecting the lesser-known ‘flat sharks’ and rays. Large coastal sharks and rays have a greater exposure to habitat degradation and fishing compared to offshore and pelagic species. This means that some taxonomic groups are more at risk of extinction due to their ecology, such as sawfishes, angel sharks, wedgefishes, sleeper rays, stingrays and guitarfishes.

Following the launch of the Angel Shark Action Plan for the Canary Islands in 2016, and the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Angel Shark Conservation Strategy in 2017, this event will explore the collaborative conservation initiatives developed to better protect some of the worlds most threatened species of shark and ray. Speakers will highlight new tagging, monitoring and public outreach techniques being used to overcome the difficulties of conserving species that have limited ecological data due to their rarity. The evening will also highlight what progress has been made towards achieving key species actions plans, and how successful conservation initiatives can be replicated for different species.



  • Ali Hood, Director of Conservation, Shark Trust
    Putting the spotlight on flat sharks
  • Joanna Barker, Marine and Freshwater Project Manager, ZSL, and Co-founder of the Angel Shark Project
    Scaling up angel shark conservation through action planning, research and engagement
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
    Working alongside fishers to conserve common skate
  • Chaired by Matthew Gollock, ZSL


Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.

  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274

  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.

  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm. Find out more about ZSL Fellowship.

Book a 3-course dinner with the speakers

  • All attendees are welcome to attend a 3-course dinner with the speakers after the event. 

  • Dinner places cost £35 per person (including 2 glasses of wine).  Bookings should be made via the above link before Wednesday 2 May, 5pm.

  • See dinner menu PDF icon ZSL Scientific dinner menu - 8 May 2018 (36.18 KB)