The Year of the Shark: Every Vote Counts

Every Vote Did Count!
Five species of sharks and two species of manta rays are now protected by international trade regulations under CITES. Every vote did count! Read more about this unprecedented victory for sharks.
Invest in the Future Vote for Sharks
Sharks help maintain a healthy ocean, which in turn supports people by providing food security and economic prosperity. Learn more.
Each year, approximately 100 million sharks are killed, largely for their fins to make shark fin soup. Learn more.
Stop unsustainable trade
The overfishing and unsustainable trade of sharks has led to drastic population declines for some of the world’s most iconic sharks. Learn more.
Sharks are worth more alive than dead
In some places, sharks are worth more alive than dead. More and more tourists from around the world are paying to dive with sharks. Learn more.
Don't Let Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Disappear
Oceanic whitetip sharks are targeted for their large high valued fins. Although they are found in many of the world’s oceans, populations of these sharks have plummeted in recent decades. Learn more.
Hammerhead sharks
Hammerhead sharks have some of most valuable fins in the fin trade. In some locations around the world, hammerheads have nearly disappeared. Learn more.
Protect Porbeagle Sharks
Porbeagle sharks are closely related to the great white shark, a shark species already protected by CITES. They are killed for their fins and meat, which is highly valued in Europe. Read more.
Gentle Giants Need You Now
It is estimated that gill plates from more than 4,000 manta rays are traded annually for use in Asia in a purported health tonic. Learn more.
Shark Stanley
In two months, Shark Stanley has traveled to 115 countries on the road to Bangkok. Take your photo with him, and post it online to ask your country to vote for sharks. Visit for more.
Every Vote Counts
Pew Charitable Trusts

Sharks and manta rays are some of our oceans most iconic animals, but their populations are in decline due to overfishing and unsustainable trade. At an important two-week meeting in Bangkok, March 3 to 14, 177 countries will have a chance to protect globally threatened shark and manta ray species.

At the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), The Pew Charitable Trusts hopes that governments choose to vote to protect five species of sharks and two species of manta rays through Appendix II. A positive result will limit international trade of shark fins and meat and manta gill plates, thus helping to reduce the threat of overfishing facing these species.

For nearly 40 years, CITES has shielded thousands of plants and animals from overexploitation through international trade. This treaty is considered one of the best-enforced international conservation agreements.

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