The number of sharks we kill annually far exceeds what many populations need to recover. As a result, many species face extinction if the trend continues. The Marine Policy Volume 40 publication estimates that between 63 to 273 million sharks are killed every year.


Between the years 1958 to 2018, there were a total of 439 fatal shark attacks, which means on average sharks kill 7.3 people each year. The disproportion of humans killing sharks and sharks killing humans can be illustrated by a simple data. If sharks killed the same amount of people as we kill sharks it would mean that sharks kill 500 to 600 million people every single year. In other words, sharks would kill nearly the entire population of Europe in a single year.

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