World fin trade may harvest up to 73 million sharks per year


Time to call any local Chinese groceries or restaurants and ask them to take shark fins off of the menu:

The first real-data study of sharks harvested for their valuable fins estimates as few as 26 million and as many as 73 million sharks are killed each year worldwide--three times higher than was reported originally by the United Nations, according to a paper published as the cover story in the October 2006 edition of Ecology Letters.

"The shark fin trade is notoriously secretive. But we were able tap into fin auction records and convert from fin sizes and weights to whole shark equivalents to get a good handle on the actual numbers," says lead author Shelley Clarke, Ph.D, an American fisheries scientist based in Hong Kong and Japan.

Link: Triple threat: World fin trade may harvest up to 73 million sharks per year.

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