Sharks: Understanding the Apex Predator

Sharks: Understanding the Apex Predator

Sharks occupy the top of the marine food web, which makes them critical players in the ocean ecosystem. However, they are being fished and killed in large numbers. Sharks’ biological characteristics make them particularly vulnerable to overfishing: They grow slowly, become sexually mature relatively late in life, and produce few offspring. This vulnerability is reflected in the numerous shark species that are threatened or endangered.

Although they play a prominent role in our oceans, the more than 500 species of sharks are still poorly understood. Supporting research to better learn about and protect them is a priority for Pew’s conservation work.

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Patterns of a Predator

How shark behavior can guide conservation
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Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.

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States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.

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