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Marine Species

More than half of marine species in the world may be at risk of extinction. Despite this grave situation, the U.S. has largely failed to protect marine species under laws like the Endangered Species Act.  Of the over 2,000 species protected under the Act, less than 5 percent are marine species.  Among the most serious threats to marine species worldwide is the voracious human appetite for seafood.  Many groups of marine species, including sharks, groupers, and whales, are heavily impacted by anthropogenic threats including destructive fishing methods like trawling and long-lining, pollution, climate change and ocean acidification. 

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