Shark finning is the removal of a shark’s fin and returning the shark to sea. Shark fin is in demand because it is used in some traditional cures and in shark fin soup. Shark finning is very widespread because for the most part, it is unregulated and shark fin can be sold at a high price.
Without its fin, a shark is unable to swim and becomes easy prey to other fish.
Shark finning is the practice of cutting the fins of a shark and then dropping them back into the ocean to be quickly killed by other fish or starve to death. The fins are made into shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. Last January, President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act into law, which prohibits any boat from carrying shark fins without the corresponding number and weight of carcasses, and mandates that all sharks be brought in to port with their fins attached.
Shark finning is the process of removing a shark’s fin and discarding the carcass of the shark. Because shark meat is considered ‘low value,’ the transportation of the shark’s body to market is too expensive; therefore, only the fins are taken. Shark fins are most commonly used in shark fin soup, as well as traditional cures. Approximately 100 million sharks are killed for their fins annually. One pound of dried shark fin can sell for $300. Shark finning is illegal in the European Union, the United States, and the Eastern Pacific, although there are loopholes in the legislation that continue to allow sharks to be killed for their fins.
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