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November 12, 2008

Atlantic Sharks Face Extinction

The release of the first ever IUCN Red List of Threatened Species assessment of northeast Atlantic sharks, rays and chimaeras reveals that 26 percent are threatened with extinction and another 20 percent are in the Near Threatened category. And the figures may be an underestimate as there is insufficient data to assess more than a quarter of species. It’s no surprise that the report attributes the sharks’ demise to — guess what? — overfishing, bycatch, and shark finning, all of which Oceana works to stop.