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Sharks and rays are among the most threatened vertebrates on the planet, yet the current scale of conservation efforts and investments do not match this level of crisis and urgency. The GPSR recognizes that major investments are needed in conservation science, policy, advocacy, communications, and capacity building to reduce mortality of sharks and rays and ensure their recovery and sustainable management. Our objectives are to:

  • Protect the most endangered sharks and rays by enhancing legal protections in priority countries and international forums;  
  • Combat unsustainable trade in shark and ray products through listing the top species of sharks and rays in global trade that meet CITES listing criteria on CITES Appendices and implementing those listings; and
  • Promote the sustainability of shark and ray fishing through the adoption and implementation of conservation and management measures through international forums and in priority countries.