Defenders of Wildlife:
The Florida Museum of Natural History/ American Elasmobranch Society/ International Shark Attack File
ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research
Stop Shark Finning.net
Fundación Amigos de la Isla del Coco (Friends of Cocos Island foundation)
And, what is the real cost of soup?:
-Loss and devastation of shark populations around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost because of longlining.
-Unsustainable fishery. The massive quantity of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete shark populations faster than their reproductive abilities can replenish populations.
-Threatens the stability of marine ecosystems.
-Loss of sharks as a food staple for many developing countries.
-Local waters are invaded by large industrial, foreign fishing vessels that threaten traditional sustainable fisheries.
-Threatens socio-economically important recreational fisheries.
-Obstructs the collection of species-specific data that are essential for monitoring catches and implementing sustainable fisheries management.
-Wasteful of protein and other shark-based products. Up to 99 per cent of the shark is thrown away.
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Shark Fact of the week:
Did you know that the single known specimen of the Irrawaddy river shark was generally dismissed as an abnormal bull shark until 2005?