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

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.

Tell U.S. Airline Carriers Not to Fly Shark Fins

September 5, 2016

An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year, and many of those sharks are killed for their fins alone. Please ask U.S. airlines to say 'no' to flying shark fins from ports to plates.

Costa Rica: Don’t Break Promises to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles and Sharks

August 24, 2015

Costa Rica used to be known as the shining beacon in protecting our oceans. But now, the new Costa Rican President is threatening to roll back protections for endangered sea turtles and sharks.


Hiring the Fox to Watch the Hen house: Future EPA head is Ally of Fossil Fuel Industry

December 8, 2016

According to an article in the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump selected Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general and close ally of the fos...

Turtle Island Restoration Network Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

November 27, 2016

Turtle Island Restoration Network has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities an...

What are You Thankful For?

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is a great time to think about what you are thankful for and reflect on the year. At Turtle Island Restoration Network, we are thankful ...


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