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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Conservationists have launched a shark-saving campaign in Trinidad & Tobago, trying to stop people from eating a popular delicacy: deep-fried shark sandwiches.

Many have long considered "Bake & shark" sandwiches to be an essential part of a visit to Trinidad's popular Maracas beach. Shacks there serve shark and fried bread smothered in a variety of toppings.

But the local Papa Bois Conservation group is now pushing for a ban on catching the marine predators to help protect a dwindling population. It started its campaign during Trinidad's famed Carnival celebration.

On Wednesday, group director Marc de Verteuil said "most people simply don't understand that sharks are in crisis."

Researchers say one-quarter of the world's sharks and rays are threatened with extinction.

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