Safeguarding Sharks Through Sound Conservation Policy

Progress Toward a Stronger Shark Finning Ban at NAFO

Halifax, Nova Scotia. September 25, 2015. An effort by the European Union and the United States to better prevent shark "finning" (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea) gained support from Cuba and Norway during this week's annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). Read more

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New Fact Sheet

Manta and Devil Rays (Mobulids)of the Eastern Tropical Pacific

Manta and devil ray species (family Mobulidae) are facing heavy targeted and incidental fishing pressure around the world, increasingly driven by escalating Chinese demand for their gill plates.

Convention on Migratory Species Meeting

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We're in Quito, Ecuador for the Convention on Migratory Species Conference of Parties where the agenda is dominated by proposals to list rays and sharks (sawfishes, devil rays, threshers, hammerheads, and silky sharks). Learn more about these species and what listing would mean from our coalition fact sheets, and follow the action through November 9 using #CMSCoP11 and #SharksWithoutBorders on Twitter!


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SMALL SHARKS, BIG FISHERIES: Please help limit fishing, prevent finning!

Washington, DC. August 15, 2014. Just in time for Shark Week, concerned citizens have great opportunities to help improve fishing and finning policies for the two most heavily fished sharks in the US: Smooth and Spiny Dogfishes.

These two small species are taken in great numbers for their meat and fins, mostly for export to Europe and Asia. They aren't nearly as loved as bigger sharks, and have fallen through some important management cracks. Dogfish deserve sound fishing and finning policies, just like other sharks! Please weigh in with fishery managers during these two key comment periods. Read More


Countries Propose Global Protection for Rays,
Regional Conservation for Sharks

Washington, DC. June 11, 2014. Shark Advocates International is welcoming an unprecedented suite of proposals from Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to list 21 species of rays and sharks on the CMS Appendices. Two species of hammerheads, all three threshers, and the silky shark have been proposed for CMS Appendix II, which would encourage regional cooperation to conserve shared populations. All five sawfishes, nine devil rays, and the reef manta are proposed for Appendix I & II; Appendix I listing would bring obligations for strict protection. Read more...

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Endangered Sawfish: IUCN Strategy Released as Global Protection Proposed

Durban, South Africa. June 5, 2014. The Shark Specialist Group (SSG) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is today releasing a global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes, which have been devastated worldwide by overfishing and habitat loss. The strategy is being launched at the Sharks International conference in Durban and coincides with announcements that two West Africa countries -- Guinea and Guinea Bissau - are proposing the listing of sawfishes under the Convention on Migratory Species in November, which could significantly boost protections. Read more...

The Year in Review & the Road Ahead

We're happy to report that 2013 was another busy and exciting year for Shark Advocates International (SAI)! Throughout the year, SAI continued to work independently and through various partnerships to advance science-based shark and ray conservation. Read more about the year's highlights and SAI's plans for 2014...

Atlantic Tuna Commission Fails Sharks Again

Cape Town, South Africa. November 25, 2013. Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) failed to reach consensus on several shark conservation proposals, including European Union (EU) bids to establish catch limits for shortfin makos and to prohibit retention of porbeagles. A multi-national effort to strengthen the ICCAT ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea) was also defeated, yet gained support from a considerable number of ICCAT member countries during the meeting. Read more...

EU joins US in Effort to Strengthen Shark Finning Ban
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Plymouth, UK. 15 November, 2013. The Shark Trust and Shark Advocates International are heralding news that the EU will join an effort spearheaded by the US and Brazil to strengthen the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea). Officials from dozens of countries will discuss this and other high seas fishing measures at the annual ICCAT meeting next week in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more...

Dogfish are sharks, too

Dogfish Are Sharks Too! Coastal species often called "dogfish" need sound conservation policies and strict finning bans, just like bigger sharks

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Greenland Shark

Meet SAI President

Sonja Fordham
Sonja Fordham

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Meet Shark Advocate and Conservationist Sonja Fordham - an interview on

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