Learning About Shark Finning Doesn’t Have to Be Terrible

Written by on October 15, 2013 in Marine Life, Sharks

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?

The following short film does a fantastic job of explaining the whole situation without making you cringe. Check it out: The Story of Sharks.

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:

Reef Sharks in the Bahamas.

Reef Sharks in the Bahamas. Photo credit: Thespis377 via photopin cc.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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