Last year six people were killed by sharks worldwide. Multiply that number by more than 12 million and you get close to the number of sharks killed
for human consumption each year.
The annual mass slaughter of sharks, estimated to be around 73 million each year, has left one third of all shark species on the brink of
"It's a grave situation that sharks are now faced with,"--Matt Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Shark Conservation
Shark fins are increasingly sought after in Asia, particularly China, as they are used in soups and other products. Finning -- where a shark's fins
are removed and the body dumped -- is outlawed by the U.S. and EU, but loopholes and lack of regulation and enforcement elsewhere have meant it
remains a major problem.
An international action plan for sharks has been in place for ten years, but it leaves the responsibility of
sustainably managing and recording catches to each country.
The rapid decline of black tip sharks in the west Atlantic Ocean since the early 1990s led to a rise in cow-nosed rays and decline
in the North Carolina bay scallop industry.
"It's in everyone's interest to curb the massive overfishing of sharks" --Scott Henderson, Conservation International
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