Globally, shark species are facing steep declines in many populations. Indiscriminate industrial fishing has reduced the biomass of large predators such as sharks by up to 90 percent since the 1950s.

As a result of unregulated fishing and bycatch, 30 percent of  shark species (sharks, skates, rays, chimeras) are classified as Threatened or Near Threatened with extinction by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The protection of sharks internationally is a patchwork of national laws, unenforceable international instruments, and ineffective fisheries-based prohibitions.

Turtle Island is working to shift the baseline to win increases in enforceable protections for sharks both globally and nationally.

In 2016, we will be pushing for the inclusion of a number of species of sharks in Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) with the long-term goal of convincing member nations to adopt precautionary, science-based management measures with strong monitoring and enforcement controls to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and ensure that overfishing of silky sharks, thresher sharks, and mobula rays does not occur and their populations are rebuilt.

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