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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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Historic first rebuilding programme adopted for the endangered shortfin mako shark

Added to Press Releases on 23 November 2021

(23 November 2021) After years of negotiations, today 52 tuna fishing nations and the EU adopted a comprehensive rebuilding programme to allow the recovery of the endangered mako shark in the North Atlantic. WWF welcomes the plan as the most efficient way to immediately stop the overfishing and dramatic decline of shortfin mako sharks and set the species on a path towards recovery. The decision came at the end of the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) held virtually from 15 to 23 November.

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Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia announce new protections for the Eastern Tropical Pacific marine corridor at COP26

Added to Press Releases on 11 November 2021

During the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, presidents of four Latin American countries announced a joint agreement to provide greater protection to the existing marine corridor in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Stretching from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to Isla Coiba in Panama, the corridor is an important "ocean highway" for marine wildlife, including the critically endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks.

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Our 2020-2021 shark and ray conservation highlights

Added to Updates on 19 October 2021

Welcome to the latest update on the progress we are making together to help conserve sharks and rays around the world. Here is a snapshot of some of the fin-tastic things you've helped us achieve in 2020-2021, from discovering a new shark and ray hotspot in Fiji, to testing an innovative method of keeping these animals out of the nets in India, to assisting seven different countries with their national conservation plans for sharks and rays. Enjoy the read!

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