The Shark Trust is launching it's biggest campaign yet to create a united voice for high seas sharks. The amazing sharks and rays that live in the open-ocean are at risk from excessive fishing. Together we can call for stronger conservation and fisheries management.
Many of our best known and much-loved sharks make their home on the high seas, the open-ocean beyond national borders. In our shared ocean, these oceanic sharks and rays face a very real threat from a huge international fleet of industrial-scale fishing vessels. Research published in early 2021 confirmed that over three-quarters of oceanic sharks and rays are now at risk of extinction due to the destructive impact of overfishing. They have declined by 71% over the last 50 years.
This will be a long-term collaborative and international effort. Forging a pathway to rebuild populations of high seas sharks and rays. By putting science at the heart of shark conservation and fisheries management. And catalysing the vital changes needed to set populations on the road to recovery.