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Sharks and Rays

 

“More than 90% of all top marine predators have disappeared from the oceans.” - Myers et al. 2007; MacKenzie et al. 2009-

 

Declining Populations

 

Shark populations worldwide are at an all time low, it is estimated that shark populations are less than 30% of what they were two decades ago. Some current research indicates we may see several shark species extinct within our lifetime. It is estimated that 96.1% of all threats posed to shark populations stem from fishing (57.9% by-catch, 31.7% directed commercial fishing, 5.8% artisanal and 0.7% recreational), with habitat destruction and pollution comprising 2.9% and 0.4% of threats respectively. 

Statistics obtained from www.saveourseas.com, source of statistics: IUCN Red List.