4 Star 88x31Globally, shark species are facing steep declines in many populations. Indiscriminate industrial fishing has reduced the biomass of large predators such as tunas and sharks by up to 90 percent since the 1950s. Turtle Island is working to protect shark populations by reducing the capture in industrial fishing operations, challenging the shark fin trade, and conducting research to develop the scientific basis for protected areas and policy change. Read more below to learn about our work to protect sharks.


Action & Events

Increase Protections for Silky Sharks

September 5, 2016

Sign our petition calling on Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to support listing silky sharks, under Appendix II of CITES (the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Spec...

Canada: Protect Thresher Sharks Now

September 27, 2016

Take action by sending an email to the Prime Minister of Canada urging him to support increased listings of thresher sharks at CITES.

Fortalecimiento de la Protección del Tiburón Sedoso

September 5, 2016

El tiburón sedoso, un importante depredador en la cúspide de la cadena alimenticia que ayuda a mantener la salud y la productividad de los ecosistemas oceánicos, recibe su nombre por su piel lisa y...


Bay Area Biologist Fighting for Sharks in South Africa

September 28, 2016

A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental a...

Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference in South Africa

September 21, 2016

Today conservationists delivered a petition signed by 15,002 global citizens to the President of Costa Rica calling on him to support greater protecti...

Scuba Diving with a Tiger Shark at Cocos Island, Costa Rica

September 14, 2016

Watch an incredible video of a tiger shark at Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Join a research expedition to Cocos Island and work alongside scientists to re...


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