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Sharks: 21 Fast Facts About Conservation and Global Threats

Sharks play a vital role in marine ecosystems, helping to maintain a balance that's critical for commercially important fisheries. But they are also one of the most misunderstood creatures in the world's oceans — the odds of experiencing a shark attack are just 1 in 11.5 million.

Learn more about the global threat posed by the shark fin trade, as well as conservation efforts including shark sanctuaries in Palau, the Maldives, Honduras, The Bahamas, the Marshall Islands, Tokelau.

For more information, visit: http://www.pewenvironment.org/sharks.