Sharks: Restoring the Balance

These ancient predators capture our imaginations. But sharks and rays are in crisis, with many populations being decimated by overfishing. WWF and TRAFFIC have joined forces to halt the decline through a major global initiative, but we’ll need your help to save sharks, and our oceans.
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IUCN Red List update highlights shocking decline in giant guitarfishes and wedgefishes. 94% of 16 species Criticall……
Great news, 6 shark and rays are now totally protected in Malaysia under the Fisheries Regulation Act: great and sm……
Wedgefish and guitarfish ID guide (including fins) now available in French…

How You Can Help

Your daily life affects sharks more than you might think, even if you live far from the ocean. Your actions can make a difference, as can supporting our work financially. We rely on the generous donations of people who care about sharks and rays - people like you. If you support our vision for healthy oceans, or if there is a project you feel passionate about and would like to receive information on how to become a partner, we would really love to hear from you.

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Latest News

New conservation measure adopted In the Indian Ocean to protect vulnerable devil rays

Added to Updates on 27 June 2019

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has adopted the first ever conservation management measure (CMM) for Mobulid or devil rays. Countries agreed to release caught animals using safe release guidelines, improved data collection and scientific investigation of the survival rates of released rays.

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WWF draws up five-point “to-do list” for Dutch minister

Added to Updates on 30 May 2019

WWF NL recently applauded the work of Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten for drawing up a strategy to protect sharks and rays in the Dutch Caribbean. But WWF NL is also calling on the senior government leader to deliver on an earlier pledge to better protect sharks and rays much closer to home, in the North Sea.

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First practical guide to protected areas for sharks and rays launched

Added to Press Releases on 13 May 2019

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have launched the first-ever Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) guide specifically aimed at sharks and rays.

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Information Highlights

Conservation Focus

Sharks and rays are in crisis. What needs to be done to conserve these ancient, essential creatures?

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Tourism Guide

Learn more about the world’s first Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism Guide: a how-to manual for operators and enthusiasts. 

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