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The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation - an agency of the Ministry of Environment - completed preliminary assessment on the risk of extinction of all 169 species of sharks and rays recorded in Brazil. Started in 2009, the work involved over 50 experts.

According to the survey, among all species, two are "regionally extinct" and 60 are under some category of threat – with 29 being "critically endangered," seven "in danger" and 20 "vulnerable". Only 31 were rated as "low concern" and 16 as "nearly threatened". As no adequate data were obtained for 59 species, the research will continue.

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