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What Project Aware do Protecting Sharks
Sharks help maintain the health of ocean ecosystems, including seagrass beds and coral reefs but most shark species are threatened by extinction. An healthy ocean undoubtedly depends on sharks.
They may rule the ocean, but sharks are an incredibly vulnerable species. Because they grow slowly and produce few , sharks are exceptionally susceptible to overexploitation. Further, a healthy and abundant ocean and the communities that rely on it depend on healthy shark populations.
Overfishing is driving sharks to the brink of extinction - with many populations down by 80 percent. Tens of millions are killed each year for their meat, fins, liver, and other products, as many fisheries are unregulated and catches are significantly under-reported. Bycatch – catching sharks incidentally and indiscriminately while fishing for other commercial species – poses a significant threat to sharks. At the same time, new markets for shark and ray products are blurring the line between targeted and accidental catches. Finning – the removal of shark fins and discard of the shark’s body at sea - is often associated with shark overfishing, as keeping only the fins aboard the vessel allows fishermen to kill many more sharks than if they were required to bring back the entire animal.
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