Sean Lee-Davies



Why preventing shark and ray extinction is not enough

With Andy Cornish

“It’s only by an all hands on deck situation where we are going to have any hope of reversing the current extinction trajectories of so many species.” – Andy Cornish

In this episode, Sean Lee-Davies speaks to Andy Cornish, who leads WWF’s global shark and ray conservation program. The duo discusses the important role sharks play in the wider ecosystem and what could happen if we were to lose such a key species. They also delve into whether sustainable shark fishing is possible and exciting new technologies developed to trace illegal shark fishing trading. 

With a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology, Cornish has spent the last 20 years working for NGOs, government and academia, consistently focused on creating viable international conservation strategies. He also co-authored Hong Kong’s first sustainable seafood guide and led shark-fin advocacy efforts and an anti-trawling campaign called ‘Save Our Seas’, which resulted in a permanent ban on all trawling.


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