Sharks may look scary, and sometimes an encounter with them can be fatal ( note: on average, five out of 70 to 100 attacks result in death) but as humans, we are causing far more harm to them than they ever will to us through the shark fin trade. Mark carwardine discusses the issue of shark finning. Fins from up to 73 million sharks are used in shark fin soup every year as apex predators, sharks play a crucial role in maintaining marine biodiversity yet fins from up to 73 million sharks are used in shark fin soup each year consumption of this luxury dish has led to overfishing of many vulnerable shark species, as well as. Shark fin soup (or shark's fin soup) is a traditional soup or stewed dish found in chinese cuisine and vietnamese cuisine the shark fins provide texture, while the taste comes from the other soup ingredients it is commonly served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets, or as a luxury item in chinese culture.
Shark finning is the act of removing fins from sharks, often while the shark is alive the sharks are sometimes discarded back to the ocean, still alive but without their fins unable to swim effectively, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die of suffocation or are eaten by other predators shark finning at sea enables fishing. Watch maritime crews off the coast of new zealand fight poachers and other wrongdoers on the high seas in an exciting new season of coastwatch, premiering fridays at 8/7c on planet green shark finning is a brutal practice a shark is caught, pulled onboard a boat, its fins are cut off, and the still-living shark is tossed. Earlier this year, united states senators put forth s793, a bill they've named the shark fin trade elimination act with the noble goal of protecting shark populations, which are in decline all over the globe, the document proposes a total ban on the buying or selling of shark fins in the us sounds like an. In australian fisheries it is illegal to possess shark fins on board a commercial fishing vessel without having the whole shark on the vessel this helps ensure that shark finning is not occurring at sea not allowing finning at-sea allows for more effective monitoring of the catch and promotes optimum utilisation as the fins can.
2 shark fin 21 background information 211 the fins on sharks most species of sharks have at least two sets of median fins situated along the central line of the body there are one or two dorsal fins on the top, a caudal fin, which is the tail, and an anal fin located at the underside behind the anus most sharks have. The story goes that shark fin soup was created by an emperor in the sung dynasty (ad 968) who wanted to show how powerful, wealthy and generous he was to his banquet guests serving the expensive dish came to be seen as a sign of respect.
Every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are hunted to meet the demand for shark fin soup, an east asian dish which is traditionally served at weddings or new year celebrations you can help stop the killing: take our no shark fin pledge. In 2013, the environmental group wildaid reported that demand for shark fin soup in china had dropped by 50 to 70 percent, offering some hope for the estimated 25% of species of sharks and their relatives, that are threatened with extinction many experts thought those numbers sounded too good to be. Why eliminating the shark fin trade in the united states is bad for sharks and legitimate fishers.
As of jan 1, a new law makes it illegal in nevada to sell any form of shark fin, the essential ingredient in shark fin soup, a celebrated chinese banquet dish.
Shark fins hong kong shark fins drying on hong kong sidewalk (photo: cloneofsnake, cc by-sa 20)hong kong, one of the world's biggest shark fin markets, prohibits the trade of products taken from endangered species and the city's government said it would stop serving shark fin at official functions,. Consumers are largely unaware of the origins of shark fin studies in hong kong and taiwan show that consumers have little understanding of where shark fin soup comes from, of overfishing, of illegal shark fishing or of the practice of finning this implies that with proper education, consumption patterns could change.
Fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global shark-fin trade every year shark finning – a wasteful and inhumane practice – is one of the greatest threats facing sharks today researchers in 2013 estimated that between 63 and 273 million sharks die every year at the hands of fishermen and. Shark finning – slicing the fins off live sharks, then dropping them back into the ocean to die – earns fishing crews millions of rupiah, with most fins exported to markets including hong kong and singapore for use in shark's fin soup. As the trade in shark (and ray) fins can be so lucrative, it is very attractive to fishermen and middlemen – and organised crime syndicates in contrast to fins, there is less demand for shark meat (fins are worth 20 to 250 times the value of meat by weight) so instead of landing whole sharks, which take up space on board, the. Shark finning ban fisheries new zealand is dedicated to the conservation and humane harvesting of sharks find out about new zealand's shark finning ban and what fishers need to know.