Global Shark Conservation

Sharks have roamed our oceans since before the time of dinosaurs, but their long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending. The onset of industrial fishing over the past 60 years has drastically depleted their populations. Of the shark and ray species assessed by scientists for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 30 percent are threatened or near-threatened with extinction.

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CITES 2013


A Pew delegation is currently in Bangkok through March 14 advocating for governments to add five species of sharks and two species of manta rays to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.

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