Shark Conservation


For centuries man has viewed sharks as creatures to be either exploited or exterminated though sharks are caught mainly as accidental bi-catch, they are also deliberately targeted for their fins, meat, skin, oil and teeth.

In the UK alone in 2004 over 300 million kgs of shark meat and fins were consumed, this is the equivalent of 2200 ford fiestas.
Shark Conservation
Shark Conservation To keep up with demand, the fishing industry is being forced to catch sharks faster than the sharks can reproduce.

It has been estimated that as many as 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year compared to an average of 6 humans being killed by sharks.
Demand for shark products has decimated 90% of the world stocks. They are vulnerable to over fishing as they are slow to reproduce and often have smaller litter.


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