1 Tahrcountry Musings: Seychelles Bans Shark Finning

Monday, February 27, 2006

Seychelles Bans Shark Finning

The Seychelles has banned the cutting off of sharks' fins by foreign fishermen. 100 million sharks are killed every year worldwide, mostly for their fins. Shark finning often involves slicing off the highly valuable fins, often from living sharks, and dumping the rest of the creatures back into the sea. Owing to the shark finning trade 65 out of 373 known shark species are globally threatened.


JLB said...

Are the shark fins eaten, as in soup, or do they have some other medicinal/magical use?

That is so terribly sad... I just cannot imagine doing something like that.

tahrman said...

Shark-fin soup was just a regional delicacy in Canton, south China, until the late 1980s.It is standard dish now. Hong Kong accounts for roughly 50 percent of the global trade in shark Shark-fin soup is traditionally regarded in Chinese medicine as a tonic. Shark fins have been found to contain high levels of mercury so in the long run it may even be harmful to health
Have a look at http://www.sharkfriends.com/sharkfinning.html

Nisha Raju said...

Makes me shudder

JLB said...

Thanks for the information Tahrman!