Shark populations around the world are in rapid decline, populations simply cannot replenish at the same rate as they are caught. Your donation to WWF will help protect sharks and the marine environments they live in.
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The growing trade in shark fins often used to make an expensive Asian souphas become a serious threat to many shark species. The latest research suggests that around 100 million sharks may be killed annually, often targeted for their fins. This practice affects many different shark species, including whale sharks.
The overfishing of sharks happens because of the huge demandmainly for shark finsand a lack of management to ensure shark fisheries are sustainable. Some species, such as spiny dogfish and porbeagle, are targeted primarily for their meat.
Sharks are often caught incidentally by fishing gear set for other types of fishsuch as tuna longlines, trawls and seine netsand many will simply be discarded. This contributes to the decline of many species of sharks.
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What WWF is doing for sharks
WWF is one of the few organizations attempting to tackle all threats to sharks. WWF promotes smart fishing to reduce bycatch and the unnecessary annual loss of millions of fish. It argues for fishing bans in areas where stocks have been seriously depleted, or in areas which are nursing grounds for significant species. It also holds an annual Smart Gear Competition designed to encourage the introduction of efficient and innovative fishing gear.
In many areas, the economic value of shark meat and products is less than could be earned from a living shark ecotourism enterprise. WWF works with local communities to develop ecotourism projects centred around pelagic sharks including whale sharks.
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Your donation matters
Because sharks do not reproduce as fast as other fish, their numbers can easily be reduced by overfishing. Additionally, they are at the apex of their food chains and are therefore an important indicator species for marine ecosystems as a whole. With your help, we can help protect these manginficent creatures from threats.
Your donation could help:
Support smart fishing including fishing bans.
Identify and encourage the introduction of efficient and innovative fishing gear.
Work with local communities to develop ecotourism projects.
Partner with local and national governments to remove shark fin from menus.
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