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OPS is working to protect sharks and rays worldwide.

Global shark populations are under siege.

Over 70 million sharks are killed in commercial and recreational fisheries annually. Hundreds of shark species are considered threatened by targeted finning operations and accidental bycatch in commercial fisheries. The international demand for shark fins is the primary driving force behind most shark fisheries and their continuing decline.

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Why This Issue Matters
Why it is important

The trade in shark fins is decimating populations of sharks and rays worldwide.

How it relates to you

Sharks are long-lived and slow to reproduce. This means vulnerable populations recover slowly once depleted.

How to join the cause

OPS is working to tighten shark finning regulations and reduce the demand for shark products. Take action!

Unsustainable fisheries threaten sharks and rays worldwide.

Millions of sharks and rays are caught by targeted fisheries annually for their meat, fins, and other products. Millions more may be caught incidentally (accidentally) as bycatch in industrial and traditional fisheries targeting other fish species.

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Racing Extinction

Racing Extinction exposed the largest whale shark slaughterhouse in China. The film details the global shark fin trade, estimated in the millions of dollars. Many shark species have declined by more than 90 percent.

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