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Study Says 100 Million Sharks Are Killed Each Year

September 11, 2019


(Image Source: Shawn Heinrichs/Pew Environment
Group) BY CANDICE AVILES In film and folklore, sharks are often portrayed
as attackers — monsters, even. But a new study indicates the notorious and feared creature
is in danger itself.

A report released in the Marine Policy Journal estimates around
100 million are killed each year. It continues to outline a grim future for them saying they’re
being killed at a rate of around 6.4%, higher than the 4.9% rate they need to sustain their
population.

And Science Recorder reports even more sharks could actually be killed
each year, with estimates of up to 273 million. If nothing changes, this could lead to the
extinction of the basking shark, great white shark and whale shark.

Seeing that sharks
don’t have many predators in the water, it makes sense humans are the ones to threaten
their existence.

But if you’re wondering why we are hunting them so viciously, according
to the BBC sharks are a luxury meal in China. [Image via: Wikimedia Commons]

“The
ongoing demand for shark fins for soup in chinese communities. Many of the sharks take
more than a decade to reach maturity and there’s concern they cannot reproduce fast enough.” [Via:
BBC]

Believe it or not, one serving of this shark-fin soup can cost anywhere around
$100 or more.

Sharks are also fished for their meat, liver oil, and cartilage.
A biologist at Florida International University told LiveScience the serious domino effect
the extinction of sharks could have. “If we don’t have enough of these predators
around, it causes cascading changes in the ecosystem, that trickle all the way down to
marine plants.” [Via: LiveScience]  

This startling realization has prompted some action
from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species also known as CITES.

CITES
is meeting on March 3 in Bangkok to discuss greater protection for sharks. Depending on
a vote, they could move five shark species into a protected category where they cannot
be used in international trade. However, an earlier attempt in 2010 to protect the sharks
didn’t pass a vote. [Via: International Business Times]

Other efforts have been
attempted in the past to help sharks. The U.S., Canada and the European Union have all
tried to pass legislation to protect sharks. 

9 Comments

  • Reply willease March 5, 2013 at 3:42 am

    "Sharp-fin soup"…?

  • Reply David Lopez March 5, 2013 at 3:43 am

    This is genocide

  • Reply Samuel March 5, 2013 at 3:55 am

    fucking chinese

  • Reply NKTV March 5, 2013 at 5:07 am

    chinese, smh.

  • Reply erving25 March 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Just like the Japanese, they won't stop over fishing.

  • Reply Justin Danger March 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Shark fin soup

  • Reply Levi Patrick March 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    this is genocide

  • Reply deadmeh March 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    It really sucks the most is that shark fin soup tastes like shit and only eaten because lazy backward uneducated people believe in alternative medicine.

  • Reply Leila Smith March 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I've heard that the taste is quite bland and plain. Shark DNA should be extracted so we can ensure their survival as a species. It would be a big shame to lose any of these giants. Why is it always the big animals that are at threat?

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