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Are Sharks Actually The Prey?

Brutally disfigured for their fins and meat, more than 75 million sharks are killed worldwide each year. Through sport, for food and through by-catch, humans have hunted sharks into decimation for more than one hundred staggering years. Where they once ranged valiantly in temperate coastal seas and oceans, they now exist in poor minorities, extinct…

Smooth Dogfish Are Sharks, Too

Overfishing of sharks and their close relatives skates and rays across the globe has in recent decades led to sharp declines in shark numbers. Some species have been reduced by more than 80 percent. Much of that reduction is tied to the international trade in shark fins. The fins of as many as 70 million sharks end up in the coveted Asian delicacy shark fin soup each year. At the same time, some of the most heavily fished sharks and closely related skates and rays are prized primarily for their meat.

Honduran President Burns Shark Fins, Reinforces Marine Sanctuary

With the Honduran declaration of its entire maritime waters as a shark sanctuary, the President provides legal protection to sharks.

California Bans Shark Fin Trade

A bill in California banning the trade of shark fins has passed, raising controversy in California’s Asian community. The group is the largest consumer of shark fins outside of Asia, and the fins are an ingredient in a soup many consider a delicacy.