Earlier in the year the IUCN published their findings that almost a third of open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction. Many people find sharks scary, but the prospect of an ocean without sharks is even scarier. Sharks are apex predators and as such play a vital role in the marine ecosystem. If the apex predators are taken out, the entire ecosystem becomes unbalanced and ultimately collapses. European Shark Week starts next week and provides those in Europe with a very good opportunity to help save our sharks. By signing the petition and getting involved in events all over Europe we can lobby for improvements to the EU finning ban and quotas of zero for especially threatened shark species.