Unsustainable fisheries threaten sharks and rays worldwide.
Thousands of sharks and rays are caught by targeted fisheries annually for their meat, fins, and other products. Thousands more may be caught incidentally as bycatch in industrial and traditional fisheries targeting other fish species.Read more
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.Watch
While shark finning is illegal in US waters, fins are still bought and sold here.
International Shark Protection at CITES
After Racing Extinction exposed the trade, OPS helped secure protections for 20 species of sharks and rays under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 2016.
Manta Ray Conservation in Lamakera, Indonesia
A community transition program has been launched to empower locals to adopt sustainable industries instead of manta hunting.