Today, IUCN and the European Commission released the European Red List of Threatened Species, which includes the first ever complete assessment of marine fishes (1,220 species). With 40.4% threatened with extinction and 39.7% experiencing declining populations, sharks, rays, and chimaeras are the most threatened marine fishes in Europe.
The findings from this report will be used to inform policy and also assist with effectively implementing EU legislation, with is vital to achieving the EU's 2020 biodiversity targets.
Species are assessed using the Species Information Service Toolkit, an application built in partnership with Solertium and IUCN.
Read more about this data release on the IUCN website.