Sharks

Protecting Canadian Shark Populations

About Sharks

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, it is estimated that 60% of pelagic sharks are currently threatened with extinction. As many of these species are wide-ranging top predators, their loss may have far-reaching consequences for marine ecosystems.

Twenty-eight species of shark have been reported in Canadian waters; fourteen of which can be found in the Pacific and twenty in the Atlantic and Arctic. Close to half of these species are considered to be globally threatened; still most Canadians remain unaware that sharks regularly occur in our waters. Evidence indicates that many populations of these species have drastically declined .

Sharks are in danger

Help Sharks and Their Habitat

In Canada, unsustainable fishing practices, in particular the unintentional capture of sharks in fisheries targeting tunas, swordfish or groundfish have caused shark populations to drastically decline.


There are many organizations that try to protect sharks and their habitat.

Here are some of the examples:


. IEMANYA OCEANICA,

. OCEANIC DEFENSE,

. PREDATORS IN PERIL,

. SEA SEPHERD,

. THE SHARK ALLIANCE,

. SHARK ANGELS,

. SHARK SAFE NETWORK,

. SHARK SAVERS,

. THE SHARK TRUST,

. WILDAID.


To protect sharks, you can join any of these shark protecting programs.These programs will give you more information about sharks and help you protect sharks.