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— July 24, 2017

Saving Sharks From Losing Their Fins

  • Sharks, as top-dog predators that help keep fish populations in balance, play a key role in keeping our oceans healthy. And their presence even provides an economic boost in some regions.
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They are definitely not cute ‘n’ cuddly, and you won’t find them starring in endless memes.

But sharks, as top-dog predators that help keep fish populations in balance, play a key role in keeping our oceans healthy. And their presence even provides an economic boost in some regions: According to Oceana, an ocean conservation advocacy group, in Florida alone shark dives generated $221 million and contributed to more than 3,700 jobs in 2016. Among the most serious threats sharks face is finning— cutting off the fins, which are considered delicacies in some parts of the world, and leaving the crippled sharks to drown, starve or bleed out.

Oceana says more than 70% of the 14 most common targeted shark species are considered at high or very high risk of extinction. While shark finning is illegal in US waters, shark fins continue to be sold here. Oceana is calling for a nationwide ban on shark fin sales as “the best way to ensure that the US is not supporting shark finning and protect sharks around the world.” To learn more, visit oceana.org.

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