6. At Risk?

According to the IUCN Red List, 245 species of sharks are threated in some way to date, most because of overfishing. Some common types include angel sharks, cat sharks, whale sharks, basking sharks, and great white sharks. Whale sharks are extremely vulnerable to over-exploitation due to their gentle nature. Sharks that are most at risk are migratory sharks. Every time a migratory shark moves from one spot to another, there’s a greater chance that it might be targeted by fishermen or subject to habitat destruction. 

The most successful agencies that have taken the vulnebarility of sharks into consideration include The Shark Research Institute,  Let Sharks Live, Hai Chance, and Shark Trust. Many other smaller agencies as well as United Nations treaties have taken the vulnebarility to concern. 


Shark protection, Conservation, oceanography and ichthyology. (n.d.). Shark Protect. Retrieved November 20, 2011, from http://www.sharkprotect.com/links.cfm

Shark search results. (n.d.). The IUCN red list of threatened species. Retrieved November 20, 2011, from www.iucnredlist.org/

Whale shark – Rhincodon typus. (n.d.). Shark Research Institute. Retrieved November 20, 2011, from http://www.sharks.org/species/202-whale-shark-rhincodon-typus.html

World’s largest shark species at risk, Expert says. (2008, January 17). National Geographic . Retrieved November 20, 2011, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080117-whale-sharks.html


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