Top 10 Shark Conservation Projects

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by: Josh Clark
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10 Most Helpful Things Being Done to Save Sharks Today
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Did you know that the populations of all shark species throughout the Mediterranean Sea have declined by 97 percent in the last 200 years? Did you know that you're more likely to be killed by a vending machine than by a shark? Did you know that the U.S. fishing industry exports more than half a million pounds (226,796 kilograms) of shark fins to Hong Kong alone each year?

We know all of this due to the efforts of shark conservation groups operating today. By funding research that yields new data on sharks, we've come to understand the precariousness of their survival. By educating the public, conservationists have improved the shark's dangerous reputation and revealed the dangers that humans pose to them.

While all efforts to protect sharks are important to their survival, some actions (and the organizations behind them) are having an even greater impact. Here are 10 conservation efforts designed to save sharks today.

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