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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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Latest News

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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Saving reefs - and sharks - of Cabo Pulmo

Added to Blogs on 19 May 2022

Thanks to grassroots action and community efforts, a once devastated reef in Mexico has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now teeming with marine wildlife, Cabo Pulmo has become a world-renowned shark diving destination especially popular for its bull sharks. But how did that happen? [by Kee Foong]

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Return of a rare toothy ray in Florida
Return of a rare toothy ray in Florida

Added to Blogs on 19 May 2022

A very rare and curious-looking ray called the smalltooth sawfish inhabits the waters of Florida in the US. Once on the verge of extinction, the animal is now making a comeback in the country thanks to the dedication of scientists, experts, authorities, and the community. This story brings a ray of hope for other endangered rays and sharks around the world.

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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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