Shark finning occurs mainly in China. About 100 million sharks are poached every year. Poachers capture sharks and as soon as the shark is unresponsive, they remove all fins with a blade and then throw the fish back into the water. The sharks are alive while it happens, but die very soon after because they have to stay moving to survive. Shark finning effects the entire ecosystem of the ocean because sharks play a very large role in maintaining the population growth of fish and other organisms around them. Oceans are the most important ecosystem because they can fight against global warming.
Causes of Shark Finning
- Wealth- Shark fin is a delicacy. People that sell it make a lot of money. A bowl of shark fin soup can sell for $80.
- Popularity- Shark fin is very popular in China and if you sell it or serve it, you will most likely gain popularity.
- Food- Shark fin soup and shark liver oil are widely eaten and used in Chinese food. Many Chinese recipes include shark fin, and it is a tradition to eat shark in some places.