“…The appearance of a shark fin piercing the ocean surface is often seen as a sign of danger to humans.
Even more dangerous to sharks is the sight of a shark fin floating in a bowl of soup.
Around the world, sharks are in crisis.
Many species have suffered population declines of 90 to 99 percent in recent decades -
- mostly to feed the seemingly endless demand for the tasteless concoction known as shark fin soup -
- which is served to mark important occasions such as weddings and business deals in China and some other Asian communities.
An astonishing 10.3 million kilograms of shark fins and shark fin-based products were imported into Hong Kong in 2011 -
- according to statistics released last week by the Pew Charitable Trusts Environmental Group in the report, “Navigating Global Shark Conservation: Current Measures and Gaps” (pdf).
The organization says Hong Kong imports about half of the world shark fin harvest…”
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