A Coalition focused on Responsible Regional Conservation of  Sharks  &  Rays

Sharks and rays are among the oceans’ most vulnerable yet under‐protected animals.

Many populations have been seriously overfished, putting entire ecosystems at risk.

Most countries lack catch limits for key species, while many finning bans remain weak.


For the many sharks and rays that are fished by several countries, the international actions by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) have the potential to swiftly safeguard species throughout their ranges. The sharks and rays of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea are particularly beleaguered. International and domestic fisheries management improvements are urgently needed to protect these vulnerable species from overfishing and finning. Specifically, our coalition is aiming to secure through RFMOs and follow-up national actions:

  • Shark and ray catch limits that align with scientific advice,
  • Strict protections for endangered species, and
  • Strong, enforceable bans on shark finning.

Fast Facts

Click / Tap on a shark or ray for a fast fact.
The shortfin mako is the world's fastest shark, with bursts of speed estimated at upwards of 30mph.
Spain is the global leader in landings of blue shark, the world's most heavily fished shark*.
Giant devil rays usually give birth to just one pup every two to three years.
Scientists estimate that the greenland shark can live 400 years.
Guitarfish are rays, but their fins are exceptionally valuable for shark fin soup.
Angel sharks are ambush hunters that lie buried in the sand and then burst from cover, protruding their jaws to engulf prey within a fraction of a second.
* (~69,000 tons in 2014, according to FAO)

Take Action

The Shark Trust continues it’s quest to stop uncontrolled shark fishing in the Atlantic high-seas, but this year, they’re shifting their focus to Shortfin Mako – an exceptionally vulnerable species caught with no limits. Add your name and call on the European Commission to win the first international fishing limits for Shortfin Makos, based on […]

Project AWARE is mobilizing the dive community to help safeguard the Atlantic shortfin mako from overfishing before it’s too late. Add your name to the petition calling on ICCAT Parties to heed the science and ask Egypt, South Africa and the US to lead the way toward securing a ban on landing Atlantic makos before it’s too late. Then […]

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