Statistics from the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) show that
approximately 800,000 tons of sharks are caught and killed worldwide
A young shark being finned.
Finning is a worldwide practice and is one
of the main reasons for the global decline of shark populations.
© D. Perrine / Shark Foundation
Only a handful of countries are mainly responsible for this
massacre - such as the U.S., India or Taiwan - but these countries fish
more than 9,000 tons per year and wherever their fishing fleets appear
on the horizon, they leave behind nothing except desolation and empty
This pillaging not only affects the oceans' ecology but also the
many people who since generations have been living off traditional shark
fishing and who now find themselves confronted with a problem which they
have no way of opposing.