Iconic Species

Conserving cultural connectedness through Iconic species
Iconic marine species are those whose unique importance is recognized through traditional activities, ethnic or religious practices, existence value, or locally acknowledged aesthetic value. Species harvested solely for economic or utilitarian purposes are not included, nor are habitat-forming species (Vermetids), as they are assessed in association with other goals. The reference point for Iconic Species is that all relevant marine species are categorized as “least concern.” Least concern means that a species has been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) and is not endangered, threatened, vulnerable or at risk of extinction.
About this score

A high score indicates that few to none of the iconic species in a country’s EEZ have been categorized by the IUCN as endangered, threatened or vulnerable. A low score indicates that many are in those categories.

Current Score
The current score indicates that iconic marine species are not as well protected as possible. Substantial conservation efforts will be required in order to improve the status of many iconic species that call the ocean home.
Some iconic species, such as the loggerhead turtle, Caretta Caretta have been successfully protected. Subsequent growth of this populations suggests that similar efforts could result in substantial improvements to this sub-goal score.

conservation status of selected Israeli Med Iconic species