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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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Oceana Wins Commitment from Feds to Issue Regulations to Protect Dusky Sharks

WASHINGTON - Today, in response to an Oceana lawsuit, the National Marine Fisheries Service agreed to develop a new rule to end the...

Porcupine Ray

Zebra Shark

December, 2015

GrubHub Takes Shark Fin Soup Off the Menu

After an online campaign by Oceana and its supporters, GrubHub – the dominant online food ordering company – announced that it would no longer permit restaurants to offer shark fin products through its service. GrubHub’s decision to eliminate shark fin soup from all its menus will help reduce global demand for shark fin products, as the company offers access to menus from more than 35,000 restaurants across 900 cities.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GrubHub to Ban Sale of Shark Fin Products

Oceana Applauds Decision; 73 Million Sharks Killed Every Year to Supply Demand for Fin Soup

Monday, November 9, 2015

Oceana requests ICCAT to sail beyond bluefin tuna and take care of swordfish and sharks

Oceana calls ICCAT to meet its responsibility this year and move forward on the management of long neglected stocks such as blue shark, short fin mako and Mediterranean swordfish

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oceana Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Save Dusky Sharks in Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic

Thousands of Dusky Sharks Are Killed Every Year in U.S. Longline Fisheries, in Violation of Federal Law