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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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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Complete failure of ICCAT. EU and fishing nations leave the door open to criminal activities and illegal fishing of Atlantic tuna
Complete failure of ICCAT. EU and fishing nations leave the door open to criminal activities and illegal fishing of Atlantic tuna

Added to Press Releases on 20 November 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia - After eight days of heated negotiations, the EU and the 50 tuna fishing nations that constitute the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will leave Croatia without having adopted any of the much needed measures to stop the massive illegal trade in bluefin tuna and the ongoing overfishing of tropical tuna. A stronger ban on shark finning was once again blocked, putting the species in even greater jeopardy. WWF strongly condemns the irresponsible decisions of the ICCAT contracting parties which continue to allow the depletion of valuable fish resources at the benefit of private and even criminal interests.

See WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative press release
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Atlantic tuna species threatened by record levels of overfishing and alleged criminal activities: WWF urges ICCAT to deliver stringent action

Added to Updates on 12 November 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia - A €12 million annual trade in illegal bluefin tuna recently uncovered in the Mediterranean and the dramatic overfishing of tropical tunas, pushing populations at risk of collapse, underline the need for serious action by the EU and tuna fishing nations at the ICCAT meeting in Croatia that began 12 November.

See WWF press release
Ecuador strengthens export control abilities of sharks and their by-products

Added to Updates on 11 October 2018

WWF Ecuador recently held a training workshop on Non-detrimental Findings (NDF) for shark species included in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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