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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Peru Bans Landings of Shark Fins

Peru’s Ministry of Production announced new measures banning the landing and transshipment of shark fins and headless or finless shark bodies in the country’s port. This rule aims to curb shark finning, a brutal practice that has been a factor in the decline of sharks worldwide. The measures also ban the use of harpoons to hunt sharks and promote traceability in the shark supply chain. Oceana campaigns around the world for better fisheries management and policies to protect sharks, which are key predators and critical species for maintaining healthy oceans.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Over 200 businesses, NGOs and organizations call on Congress to pass the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act

WASHINGTON – Today, more than 80 non-profit and conservation groups sent a letter calling on Congress to pass the Shark Fin Trade...

Human activity means sharks are disappearing from the North Sea

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