Sharks should be caught sustainably or not at all. The key to this is to highlight differences between species, rather than similarities.
For some sharks the only way forward is a complete ban on fishing. But for others, sustainable management should be possible. Positive change means advocating for policy reform, developing skills in the fishing industry and ensuring the enforcement of legislation and catch limits.
Appropriate management can only happen if all sharks caught can be correctly identified and recorded. This is the driver behind our work to transform fisheries.
There are some key steps in the transition to sustainability:
Find out more about how we're working to transform fisheries by clicking the links below:
Help vulnerable shark species in the Atlantic by supporting our No Limits? campaign. Let's stop uncontrolled shark fishing.
Shark finning has for many years been a central issue in shark conservation. Find out more about the current state of affairs and what we're doing to end finning.
For some shark species, we believe well managed fisheries could be the key to a sustainable future. Find out more about this project and why we're supporting sustainability in English shark, skate & ray fisheries.
Our Commercial Fisheries Advisories provide rapid access to the current legislative status of sharks, skates and rays in UK, EU and international waters.
We advocate for sharks and push for science-based management of high-seas fisheries through Regional Fisheries Management Bodies (RFMOs).