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

We are thrilled to announce that silky sharks, thresher sharks & rays all gained greater global protections at CITES! Thank you for your help achieving this positive outcome.

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...


Why I Give Monthly: In the Words of Donors

October 20, 2016

In the words of the people who support Turtle Island’s vision to protect animals and fight against extinction. Turtle Island Restoration Network pro...

Sharks Win Protections at International Wildlife Treaty Meeting

October 3, 2016

Today Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading ocean and marine conservation organization, helped win protections for sharks and rays at a major ...

Scuba Dive with Hammerhead Sharks at Cocos Island, Costa Rica

October 3, 2016

Come scuba dive with hammerhead sharks! Right now you can join our November 29 – December 9, 2016 expedition (10-day trip on the Argo)!


Sharks Resources