Elasmobranchs of the Pacific Northwest

Chondrichthyans

What Does that mean?

Chondrichthyans refers to species those skeletons are formed from cartilage as opposed to bone and is used to describe all sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras. The term “shark” is often used to mean all Chondricthyan species (sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras).

Hotspot

Shark Identification Key

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has developed an identification sheet for all shark species in Canada’s Northwest Pacific water.

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Spotlight

Pacific Shark Workshop

Between December 13th-15th, WWF-Canada hosted a workshop aimed at bringing together multiple stakeholders from across the Pacific Northwest to discuss issues relating to sharks.

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Take Action

Want to get involved in elasmobranch conservation?

Believe it or not, one of the best things you can do is just talk about the issues with your friends and family. In other words, education yourself and others! Elasmobranchs need your help!

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