Elasmobranchs–sharks, rays, and skates–are among the most
endangered of marine organisms, with approximately one-third of all
species considered either threatened or near threatened. Fishing is the
biggest threat to these animals, many of which are either targeted
deliberately or are caught accidentally after becoming entangled in
fishing equipment. It also doesn’t help that they tend to have slow
reproductive rates and inhabit areas that are being degraded or
destroyed.

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