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

Help Stop Human Rights Abuse in Hawaii’s Fisheries

February 22, 2017

Call on Hawaiian legislators to help stop human rights abuses in Hawaiian commercial fishing.

Keep California Driftnet Fishery Out of Trump’s Hands

February 16, 2017

Send an email by March 6th, 2017 to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to keep local control over our oceans.

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

January 1, 2017

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.


Governors Group Works to Undermine Endangered Species Act

February 23, 2017

The Western Governors' Association (WGA), which represents the Governors of 19 Western states, is advocating policy recommendations that would give th...

Researchers Develop Fluorescent Glow for Mercury Contaminated Fish

February 23, 2017

Researchers from the University of Burgos in Spain have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury when it is present in f...

Scuba Dive with Hammerhead Sharks at Cocos Island, Costa Rica

January 2, 2017

Come scuba dive with hammerhead sharks! Right now you can join our August 4 – 14, 2017 expedition (10-day trip on the Argo)!


Sharks Resources