In the last 75 years, overfishing caused declines of 50-79% for shortfin mako shark populations, meaning they are now globally endangered . This overfishing is largely driven by the shark’s high value meat and fins in the international market. This August, we need two-thirds of the world’s countries to vote “yes” to adopt sustainable trade limits for these sharks.
You can make a difference by urging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service vote to add the mako shark to Appendix II of CITES. This addition will ensure any continued trade in mako sharks is limited to sustainable levels.
Make sure that the United States votes to protect mako sharks by adding your name to the petition below.