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Sharks: Restoring the Balance

These ancient predators capture our imaginations. But sharks and rays are in crisis, with over 1/3 of all species pushed towards extinction by overfishing. WWF and TRAFFIC have joined forces to stop the declines through a major global programme, but we’ll need your help to save sharks, rays, and our oceans.

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© Paul Hilton/ Earth Tree Images / WWF
Preventing shark and ray extinctions is not enough

Added to Blogs on 15 August 2022

Preventing extinctions has been a primary aim of shark and ray conservation for decades, but the numbers don’t lie. These efforts — including our own — haven’t kept pace with the threats. We all need to raise our level of ambition if we want to reverse the tragic loss of biodiversity in our ocean. More efforts are needed to actively recover depleted populations for the benefit of our ocean and people who depend on it.

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© WWF-Philippines / Gregg Yan
Recovery in the heart of the Sulu Seas

Added to Blogs on 15 August 2022

Three decades of conservation efforts at a remote coral reef complex in the Philippines have paid off. Today it is one of the most important areas for sharks in the Coral Triangle and supports the highest density of whitetip reef sharks in the world.

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Improving management of shark fin stockpiles in Hong Kong

Added to Press Releases on 14 July 2022

TRAFFIC and WWF release a new protocol to better regulate the trade of CITES listed shark fin and ray products in Hong Kong SAR, China. Announced on Shark Awareness Day, the new protocol will help combat the illegal shark fin trade.

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

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