Not just fins
Approximately 100 million sharks are killed every year in commercial fisheries. Products include fins, meat, skins, liver oil, and jaws.
More like whales than fish
Unlike other fish, sharks grow slowly, mature late, and produce few young over long lifetimes. As a result, they are at high risk of overexploitation and slow to recover from depletion.
Threatened with extinction
More than half of all shark and ray species are predicted to be threatened or near threatened with extinction due to overfishing.
The danger of not knowing
The loss of sharks in our oceans can lead to unpredictable consequences, including the possible collapse of important fisheries and the loss of corals and other marine habitats.