Increasing Protection of Threatened Shark Species
Sharks and rays play critical ecological, social, and economic roles in the world’s oceans. And yet, over 100 million sharks are killed each year. According to recent research, nearly 40 percent of all shark and ray species are now threatened with extinction, mostly due to overfishing and habitat loss, making this group of species one of the most at-risk for extinction after corals and amphibians.
Building on the success of a strategic, multi-year initiative that included species listing efforts under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species and Flora and Fauna (CITES)
, an international agreement to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will continue to support global science-based listings and customs-focused implementation efforts to crackdown on illegal shark trade.
Wildlife Conservation Society
(WCS), our grantee in this initiative, will work with global partners to expand the uptake and application of science, monitoring, and technology tools, thus helping to halt the downward trajectory of shark and ray populations.
“We are approaching a conservation tipping point for sharks and rays,” said Luke Warwick, Director, Shark and Ray Conservation with WCS. “We are running out of time, with the vast majority of large-bodied sharks and rays that interact with fisheries already threatened and in decline throughout much of the world.”
Partner: Wildlife Conservation Society