Shark species are in danger of extinction
Feb 18, 2011
According to a new CNN report on shark catching and overfishing, one third of shark species are in danger of extinction.
"If serious action is not taken soon, the fate of shark species playing a viable role in the marine ecosystem -- one they've played for 400 million years -- is in jeopardy. Some say we've past the turning point; I hope that is not the case," Matt Rand, the director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Shark Conservation Campaign, told the news source.
A popular dish in Asia known as shark soup involves a method called "finning". Finning, which is illegal in the U.S. and European Union, requires shark fins to be cut off while the rest of the body is thrown away.
"Whether you care about sharks, themselves, or the oceans they regulate, it's in everyone's interest to curb the massive overfishing of sharks that is putting oceans at risk," Scott Henderson, who works for Conservation International, told the news source.
Of the 375 shark species in the world, only a few pose dangers to humans, according to National Geographic. Sharks kill less than 20 people per year, while 20 to 100 million sharks die from fishing.