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World Wednesday: Endangered sharks robbed of their lives

Stephanie Kroll, Staff Writer

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The ocean is filled with a million different species in which about 2,000 are threatened and are even endangered, meaning on the verge of extinction.

One of the most crucial and endangered species is sharks. And if sharks are eliminated from the ocean community, the ecosystem will fall apart and possibly lead the world into a worser state of global warming because of sharks’ importance to the carbon cycle.

But this time, mother nature isn’t the one to blame for this endangered species problem in the sea.

In fact, the reason the shark population is diminishing so fast is particularly from the industry of shark fishing, commercial fishing, commercial fishing by-catch, and the use of shark nets.

Though commercial fishing and commercial fishing by-catch are not the biggest concerns of why the species is depleting at such a high rate, studies have shown that shark fishing, otherwise known as shark finning is.

This method of fishing involves “the removal and retention of shark fins.”

Since the shark is specifically robbed of its fins, the rest of the body normally has little to no importance for the fishermen.

So that means that the entire body of the fish is often thrown back into the ocean finless, useless, and left for dead.

Now, since the shark finning process is so quick and easy for the fishermen, it tends to rack up the fin count and the shark death rate at roughly 100 million a year.

In some countries, shark finning is banned. But the tricky thing is understanding whether or not a country has banned finning in international waters, banned the trade of shark fins, or even banned both.

Now, even though many countries allow shark finning and the trade of the species, the industry still continues to go strong in this day and age.

If you are one that finds this shark ordeal disturbing, then share this information and inform people on what is going on in oceans across the globe.

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World Wednesday: Endangered sharks robbed of their lives