The ability for fishermen to accurately differentiate species, and the prevarication of shark fin catch by fishermen due to the generally illegal nature of shark finning
adds to the issue (Hareide, et al., 2007).
To begin, shark finning
is an inefficient economic use of sharks.
Thanks to pressure for Shark Stewards and our partners, the Chinese are becoming aware that shark finning
is wrong and the trade is harming the ocean.
This regulation establishes a general ban on finning
(which involves removing a shark's fins on board a ship and throwing the rest of the body back into the sea) but provides that "vessels which hold a special fishing permit may be allowed to completely remove shark fins from dead sharks on board, as well as to keep on board, transfer and unload shark fins" (Article 4).
For example, municipal bans may prove to be nothing more than a symbolic statement against shark finning
as there is considerable room for leakage as those interested in consuming shark fin soup or serving it at their wedding reception can opt to take their business to municipalities that do not have the ban.
is the practice of catching sharks, hacking off their fins, and returning them to the ocean (maimed and unable to swim or circulate oxygen through their systems) where they starve to death, suffocate or get eaten by other predators.
Sea Life General Manager Amy Langham says: "Many nations have declared bans on shark finning
but it's a sad reality that glaring loop holes allow fishermen to harvest shark fins in vast, unsustainable numbers which, unless stopped, will end in the extinction of many species."
Around the world, 17 nations have acted against shark finning
, including the Maldives in 2008.
International, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has sold Hewden, its U.K.
Besides the impact to the shark population, wildlife experts say 'finning
' also harms other marine life by disrupting the ecosystem.
The demand for shark fins often leads to "shark finning
," the cruel and wasteful practice where the fins of a shark are cut off and the remainder of the animal is thrown back into the water.
EUROPE'S lax shark finning
rules could be tightened with a European Commission report admitting existing conservation measures are failing.