The Catsharks Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranchs and their Ecosystems is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education, with the goal of preserving elasmobranchs and their habitats. Throughout history, sharks and rays have been unfairly stigmatized and considered as sea monsters, despite being one of the most threatened groups of extinction due to human influence in recent decades. It is critical to change this perception and Catsharks is working tirelessly to do so.
Catsharks has played a crucial role in promoting the recognition of sharks and rays as vital elements of marine biodiversity in Spain. Through science, education, and the active participation of the marine community (https://www.observadoresdelmar.es/Projects/View/18) we have contributed to the creation of the first areas of importance for these animals in Spain (https://sharkrayareas.org/). However, there is still much to discover about these enigmatic species. Now is the time to conserve and protect them, for this it is essential to understand how they use these areas, and this is the challenge we face. Your support and everyone’s collaboration are fundamental in order for us to achieve this.