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Stop killing silky sharks for fins

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Strengthen Global Protections for Silky Sharks
The silky shark needs your help.

Getting its name from its smooth skin and slim body, the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) is an important apex predator that helps maintain the health of our oceans.

Unfortunately, due to overfishing primarily from longliners and purse seiners that target tuna and mahi mahi, these animals are now listed near threatened globally by the IUCN Red List, with some populations in the more precarious vulnerable category.

  • Silky shark numbers have declined ~90% in the central Pacific from the 1950s to the 1990s.
  • Fins from an estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million silky sharks are traded globally per year.
  • It is the second- or third-most common species auctioned on the Hong Kong fin market, which represents over half the global trade.

Sign our petition calling on the Presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to support listing silky sharks, under Appendix II of CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

We plan on delivering signatures in mid-September so please sign the petition and share it as widely as you can.

If silkies gain this status, countries will be required to take concrete action to reverse the negative population trend and begin protecting this shark species.

Let's give the silkies a fighting chance!



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