No matter how you approach it, shark finning is an unpleasant topic.
The number of sharks killed annually in commercial fisheries is estimated at 100 million (ranging from 63 million to 273 million). Most of those are captured for only for their fins, which are then used in traditional medicine and expensive shark fin soup. But did you know that sharks are worth much more alive than dead?
This past weekend, MST was at the first-ever ScienceOnline Oceans event! (If you follow @MarineScience on Twitter, I’m sure you noticed!) Thanks to Austin Gallagher and Erica Staaterman, Co-Directors of the Beneath the Waves Film Festival for sharing this great film!
To learn more about shark conservation, check out some of these links:
- Shark Conservation Efforts Around the Globe
- The Shark Conservation Act Could Make Shark Fishing Easier
- More Shark Fin Soup = Decline in Pacific Shark Populations
- Shark Attack: Inaccurate and “Outdated” Terminology
- When Sharks and Humans Meet
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