Use a sustainable seafood guide, including those from WWF, to ensure any seafood you eat - such as tuna - is sustainably sourced. Avoid shark fin soup, and other shark and ray products unless it is clear they are from sustainable sources. Be aware that shark meat is often sold under other names, such as "rock salmon" in the UK, and "flake" in Australia.
Avoid buying shark teeth, and other shark curios unless they are fossils. While sharks are not typically caught just for their teeth, buying them may support unsustainable fisheries.
If you fish recreationally, consider safe release for any sharks and rays you catch, and assisting in tagging programmes if you catch them regularly. Local fishing associations and marine research laboratories are likely to know if shark tagging is occurring in your area.
Take videos/pictures of any unusual or rare sharks and rays you see underwater or in fish markets, especially sawfishes, and share them with local experts or WWF. You might even be lucky enough to record a new species to science!
Also, we are always looking for amazing video and pictures that we can use to motivate more people to care about sharks and rays. Do contact us if you have some to share, particularly those taken underwater.
Use responsible tourism operators when diving and snorkelling with sharks and rays. Ask if they are using the Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism Guide
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Over 1/3 of all shark and rays species are at risk of extinction globally. But the solutions to save them do exist! The missing piece of the puzzle? Enough resources to implement the solutions on the ground on a bigger scale and much faster. This is where YOU come in! Please support our work and be part of a global movement to conserve these majestic animals.
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