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The Red List – No protection for rays and sharks
The fact that most ray species do not figure on the Red List of endangered species does not mean that their exploitation is without problems. The Red List registers only species that have been evaluated. To date, only 202 of the approximately 600 known ray species have been evaluated. We don’t know how many of the remaining 400 species are endangered or on the brink of extinction. Furthermore, an entry on the Red List alone doesn’t guarantee that a species will be protected – it’s just a first step in the right direction. The Red List is released every two years by the World Conservation Union IUCN.