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Shark Finning: Strip-Mining the Ocean’s Sharks

By Frontiergap @FrontierGap
Shark Finning: Strip-Mining the Ocean’s SharksShark populations are in decline worldwide due mainly to unregulated fishing. Most of this fishing arises in response to demand for shark fins, which results in 73 million shark killings annually for their fins alone. Shark fins are used as an ingredient in shark fin soup, a popular dish in many East Asian countries. Many fishers simply slice off the sharks fin and throw their still-living bodies back into the ocean. Thirty percent of all shark species are now threatened or near threatened with extinction according to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

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