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Sharks Going Under

Yesterday, I wrote about the crisis looming in bluefin tuna populations, especially in the Atlantic Ocean, but in the Pacific as well. Shortly after writing that article, I came across another, which describes a similar rapid decline in shark populations as well – with some species reduced by 95 percent.

We could go species by species through the fish in the ocean, and see this problem repeated enough times to write an article a day for years on end. The problem is whole-ocean, affecting almost all life in the seas.

No one person can hope to save the all the world’s oceans, of course. The mere idea of such an effort is exhausting, so a more specific focus is helpful.

For those who care that sharks are disappearing from our planet’s oceans, there are many opportunities for education and action. The following are just a few of the organizations that are working to conserve sharks. Find one that seems suitable to you, and give it your support.

Shark Research Institute
Guy Harvey Research Institute
Bite Back
Project Aware
Protect the Sharks Foundation
Sea Shepherd anti-longline campaign
White Shark Trust
WildAid Shark Conservation Program
Pelagic Shark Research Foundation
Adopt A Shark
Iemanya Oceanica
Bimini Biological Field Station
Shark Alliance
Shark Trust
Shark Foundation
Sharkproject
European Elasmobranch Association

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Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?