Sharks & Rays | Oceana

Sharks have played a vital role in maintaining healthy oceans for hundreds of millions of years as a top predator. More than 450 species of sharks cruise the world’s oceans, ranging in size from 8 inches to a whopping 40 feet long. But today, nearly one in four sharks and their relatives are threatened with extinction. A major cause is the demand for shark fins. Every year, fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade.

Learn fun facts and how you can help your favorite sharks - from great white sharks to hammerhead sharks - by clicking a species below.

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Sharks Are Good For Tourism In Florida, According To Study

Florida sharks worth more alive than dead, study finds

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Report Finds Shark-Related Diving Generated Over $221 Million for Florida in 2016

Oceana Says National Shark Fin Trade Ban Needed to Help Protect Sharks

It's more economical to view sharks than to kill them, study finds

New bill would put an end to U.S. complicity in brutal shark fin trade

Savannah Leads Nation In Shark Fin Exports

Thursday, March 9, 2017

House Introduces Legislation to Help Protect Sharks

New Bill Would Ban Buying and Selling of Shark Fins in US

Bill in Congress aims to take shark fins off the menu throughout the United States