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Shark Info 2 / 01   (06-15-2001)

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  Intro:

The decline of traditional shark fishing

Shark Info

  Main article:

The decline of traditional shark fishing

Shark Info

  Article 1:

Fishing, fins and the lack of sufficient international controls

Shark Info

  Article 2:

A telephone poll by the nature conservation organizations WildAid and Earthcare in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Shark Info

  Article 3:

Series of shark accidents in Florida: Facts and background

Dr. E. K. Ritter

  Fact Sheet:

Blacktip Shark

Dr. E. K. Ritter


The decline of traditional shark fishing

Finning

A young shark being finned. Finning is a worldwide practice and is one of the main reasons for the global decline of shark populations.

© D. Perrine / Shark Foundation

Statistics from the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) show that approximately 800,000 tons of sharks are caught and killed worldwide annually.
Only a handful of countries are mainly responsible for this massacre - such as the U.S., India or Taiwan - but these countries fish more than 9,000 tons per year and wherever their fishing fleets appear on the horizon, they leave behind nothing except desolation and empty seas.
This pillaging not only affects the oceans' ecology but also the many people who since generations have been living off traditional shark fishing and who now find themselves confronted with a problem which they have no way of opposing.

 



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