Finning continues to devastate shark populations


Six more species of sharks risk extinction and will be added to the IUCN's Red List of Endangered Species, it was announced yesterday. They include the Thresher shark, Silky shark, Shortfin mako, Pelagic thresher, Bigeye thresher and Salmon shark.

Worldwide shark catches have increased from under 300,000 a year in 1950 to more than 800,000 sharks a year today. Many of these sharks are caught solely for their fins, which are cut off to be used in shark-fin soup, a Chinese delicacy.

There are currently no international catch limits for sharks, and little incentive for fishermen to accurately report their shark catches.

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