Above is a diagram of the fins that are taken from sharks for shark fin soup. 98% of the shark is wasted and dropped to the bottom of the ocean floor. Causing, the death and near extinction of sharks.
About 73 million sharks are killed each year due to shark finning. Only 3% of the sharks are used and the rest is wasted. Shark fins are highly valued across the world.
This infographic shows stats on sharks and shark fin soup. 90% of the shark population is already wiped out. One single bowl of shark fin soup is priced at $100.
As humans, do we really have the right to be scared of sharks? This infographic shows that only a few people are killed a year due to shark attacks, whereas millions of sharks are killed AN hour by humans. Humans are the real monsters, we view sharks as a resource for food, where we are mistaken for food.
This video gives us a backstory behind shark fin soup and provides multiple human sources to support/defend shark finning in the U.S.. This video also mentions information about the ban in the U.S. against shark finning and how it is only frowned upon in the ocean, fishermen are allowed to take fins from sharks as long as they bring the entire shark to shore, rather than dump it in the ocean. Is this abuse and torture worth a bowl of soup?
Shark fin soup contains shark fin, chicken flavoring or other stock, ironically the fin is only used in the soup for texture - wow, worth it. This soup is believed to have insane health benefits such as, increasing your appetite, improving your kidneys, lungs and bones. Yet, there is no evidence to support these claims and shark meat is barely fit for human consumption.
Actress, Nina Dobrev takes a stand and promotes Oceana's "Stop The Barbaric Fin Trade" campaign. "I used to be scared.. but then I learned the facts..", Dobrev says as she stands waist deep in the ocean. She states that sharks are what keep our ocean healthy and that the only thing scary about sharks is our (HUMANS) interest in their fins. She explains that they are at a high risk for extinction. Taking a part in campaigns is a highly recommended solution and one that grabs the attention of many, it also seems to be one of the most acknowledged solutions on our plant.
"Sharks have been feared hunters ever since people first observed them swimming in the vast ocean. Yet today, sharks are declining rapidly on a global scale because humans have replaced them as the ocean's top predators." Due to shark finning, low reproduction rates and slow growth, sharks are susceptible to extinction, mainly because it's incredibly difficult for sharks to replenish their population as fast as it's declining. The extinction of sharks will ripple across the ecosystem which leads to hurting fisheries and a huge decrease in the economy. This source states that a live shark over the course of time is worth more than a dead shark can even sell for.
Fordham stated in an interview with Yale Environment 360 that one of the primary solutions to end shark finning would be to set a limit on the shark catch. An advocate named Randall Arauz claims that another solution would be to limit the amount of FULL sharks landed; meaning, the entire shark caught and kept on the boat, they're not allowed to have fins stolen and then left for death in the deep blue, this would limit the amount of sharks dying and provide a more accurate way to count the amount of sharks in each boat. The article states that one of the biggest problems with shark finning is how sneaky the hunters are, scientists aren't able to pinpoint the amount of sharks killed due to this.
These are simple ideas by the writer, one specifically states that not eating shark fin soup would be a good starting point, obvious but true. Taking part in the campaigns would increase the protection of sharks and engage the world. If you see any vicious shark commercials/ads, contact the company producing them and ask if they can advertise any valuable information about shark finning.
After reading/viewing all of this information, it is clearly known that the ocean is losing a majority of its shark population quickly. There's a list of solutions provided everywhere, but how quickly are we taking action on them? Apparently not quick enough! In order to save the sharks, we need to take action NOW, but we can't do it alone, the government needs to stand with us and dedicate more human and financial resources to achieve shark conservation. There is hope though, a few countries are offering more shark sanctuaries where sharks are already protected from fishing and its causing governments to open their eyes and realize more people would rather swim with sharks for money rather than eat them in a bowl of flavorless soup.