Sharks & Rays
Around for at least 400 million years, sharks and rays are some of the world’s oldest remaining vertebrates. They play crucial roles in both coastal and oceanic ecosystems. Yet today, these powerful predators are particularly vulnerable. Because they grow slowly and produce few young, their populations are slow to recover from unchecked trade and overfishing.
WCS, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Disney, has launched a global 10-year partnership initiative to conserve the earth’s sharks and rays. More specifically, WCS is leading efforts to strengthen protection for imperiled species; improve fisheries management globally; bolster control and monitoring of trade in shark and ray products; and reduce market demand for shark fins in particular.
From the Newsroom
Caleb McClennen, executive director for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Global Marine Program, explains the most important take away from Discovery Channel's Shark Week: sharks are an extraordinarily threatened species.
During "Shark Week" this year, says WCS Executive Vice President of Pubic Affairs John Calvelli, consider the serious threats to sharks and the vital New York seascape they rely on.
WCS researchers working on a New York Seascape study discover a female sand tiger shark, missing all its fins, swimming through Delaware Bay. The conservationists call the discovery a disturbing reminder about the ongoing threats to vulnerable shark populations around the world.