Hammerhead shark capture

Conservation of Endangered Hammerheads Through Collaborative Efforts

2014 - 2016
Belize, Honduras, Mexico
Species protected
Great Hammerhead Sphyrna mokarran
Scalloped Hammerhead Sphyrna lewini

Project objectives

  • Decrease mortality by 30% in target elasmobranch species in the MAR through a reduction in harmful fishing methods and improvements in elasmobranch monitoring and management, and enforcement of regulations;
  • Leverage a measurable reduction in the consumption of shark products throughout the MAR;


Over-exploitation of natural resources & prey depletion


  • Create a conservation ethos promoted by public awareness efforts on shark and ray vulnerability, with a focus on threatened hammerheads;
  • Launch the use of standardized shark and ray monitoring methods in four countries that will permit cross-comparison of results between sites and a regional image of the status of elasmobranchs, notably hammerheads.

This project is implemented by MarAlliance.