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Shark Population Dwindles As Demand For Shark Fin Soup Continues


Last update: 15/11/2017

By Haslin Gaffor

SANDAKAN (Bernama) -- The lucrative shark fin market continues to drive shark fishing including in Sabah's waters, leading to a drastic decline in its population with some species becoming endangered from overfishing.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia Marine Conservation head Dr Robecca Jumin pointed out it was still common to see sharks sold at markets in the state and to receive photographic evidence of shark fins being sold to meet both local and international demand for shark fin soup.

A new report released by Oceana, the largest international advocacy organisation focused solely on ocean conservation, stated an estimated 100 million sharks are killed worldwide each year with reports that 73 million of them are caught specifically for shark fin soup.

This is despite extensive scientific work that shows most shark species keep populations of other fish healthy by removing sick and old individuals, thus stabilising the marine ecosystem.

Species of some sharks sighted in Sabah, such as the scalloped hammerhead, which is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List as ?endangered', have been declining in population by up to 90 per cent in some areas.....