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Old 09-26-2006, 09:07 PM
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Check out this story, I hope everyone that eats shark fin soup CHOKES on it.

Shark Slaughter: 73 Million Killed Each Year
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Tue Sep 26, 1:45 PM ET



The world's booming shark fin trade is killing up to 73 million sharks per year?about three times more than the official catch number reported to the United Nations, a new study concludes.


The findings, derived using data collected from illegal shark fin traders, are detailed in the October issue of the journal Ecology Letters.


"The shark fin trade is notoriously secretive. But we were able to tap into fin auction records and convert from fin sizes and weights to whole shark equivalents to get a good handle on the actual numbers," said study leader Shelley Clarke, an American fisheries scientist who works in Hong Kong and Japan. [Image of fins]


Tons of shark flesh


The researchers arrived at their figure using a unique statistical model and data obtained from cooperative traders of shark fins in Hong Kong. Converting the figures to shark weights, they estimated that about 1.7 million tons of shark flesh is harvested each year. This translates to about 73 million sharks. That's three to four times higher than the figure estimated by United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), which keeps track of official shark catch records provided by member countries. The FAO's estimates for the amount of shark biomass caught each year range from 0.39 to 0.60 million tons per year.


The new figure is the first fishery-independent estimate of the global shark catch for the shark fin trade, the researchers say.


Sliced alive


Fins are the most valuable parts of a shark and are used in shark fin soup, a delicacy served at Chinese weddings and business dinners in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. Sharks are often still alive when their fins are sliced off, and their bodies are thrown back into the sea.


Scientists worry that the demand for shark fins could soon outpace the abilities of sharks to reproduce. This is probably already happening for one species, the blue shark, the researchers say. Their findings suggest that the current trade in blue sharks is close to or possibly even exceeding the species' maximum yield levels.


Data for other shark species is less complete, but the researchers think a similar thing might be happening to them as well.


"It is quite likely that sustainable catch levels have already been exceeded in some cases," Clarke said.


Ripple effects


The overfishing of sharks could have serious effects for the entire marine food chain in some ecosystems.


Another recent study found that removing sharks from a reef environment in the Caribbean had a trickling effect on other species. Without sharks, carnivorous fish that the sharks usually fed on thrived. The carnivorous fish, in turn, preyed on parrotfish that kept the corals clean.


In time, the reefs changed from one dominated by coral to one overrun by algae.

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Old 09-26-2006, 09:34 PM
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Such a shame. The only real way to stop it, it seems, is for the people to take the law into their own hands. Shoot poachers and illegal traders dead. Could be kind of like pirates and hunt down poachers on the high seas



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I was flippin through the channels last night and saw world biggest shark tourney, or whatever the hell it was called. So yeah, anyway, these guys catch a 1000+ pound Tiger Shark.....and ahhhhh, yeah, they were late to the dock. So ahhhhhhhh, it didnt count. Yeah, yup, killed it fer nothin'. Its not like it was recreational, I mean they were fishing a tourney for a reason....to get winnings to help offset the costs of fishing for the damn things, pay off dat boat, pay off dem big Penn International reels. Well, ya, they wuz late. Didnt count. Dead fa nuttin'. Luv it.

I dont know, I guess its like bird hunting to me....I just dont get it. My mind just doesnt get it. It doesnt click with me. Dont get it....



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A good friend of mine went hunting in Africa. Along with his guide were game wardens. On one of the days of his hunting trip some poachers were spotted, and the real hunt was on. I guess they tracked these guys for some time, and it wasn't going to be a capture and do a little jail time for these guys. They were out to KILL them, flat out! Unfortunatly, the poachers did get away. For my friend, he said it was the most adrenaline rush he had on his entire hunting trip there!

As for the shark show "I don't get it either. Sometimes Ill watch it, but when they kill them and then go string them up, it just doesn't settle with me anymore for some reason.
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i have seen a shark tournament on espn or nesn a while back and according to the host of the tv show all the meat was donated to homeless shelters and food banks and the rest was sent to marine labs for research. i guess if thats true it should be better than wasting the sharks, however its a shame that so many are killed every year.
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