Finning in the Galapagos

Shark populations face very serious, very real threats, several species teetering at the brink of extinction. To safeguard the survival of shark species around the world, the international community must make a concerted effort to coordinate their science and policy efforts. While progress has been made, conservation efforts are significantly impeded by illegal fishing, economic pressure and insufficient political protection. Policy makers, scientists and non-profit organizations need to better address and ameliorate the myriad threats facing sharks to best ensure the survival of shark species for generations to come. Together with education and outreach, the conservation community can influence real change through economic, social and political pressure. Only by connecting policy makers, scientists and the public with viable, workable solutions can we ensure the longevity of shark populations around the world.