Sharks have been on earth for millennia playing an important role in keeping the marine ecosystems functioning. But today, scientists say that nearly 30 percent of sharks and related rays are threatened or near threatened with extinction.
Sharks are more than a crucial part of marine ecosystems, but they're essential for the dive industry – an important economic alternative to shark fishing in many communities. Not only do the sharks attract divers to certain waters, but their extinction could damage the health of the oceans, compromising the economic security of coastal communities.
It's time for international leaders to recognize the importance of sharks and act to protect these ancient animals. They must restrict trade in vulnerable shark species, protect their habitat and adopt national shark recovery plans.
Tell international leaders to take concrete action to conserve sharks globally and by doing so, protect the health of our oceans.
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