The Illegal Trade of Shark Fins

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

Shark finning and has occurred in international waters ever since the Chinese Dynasties. However, in the recent century, shark finning has become a growing global issue as the population of sharks is at a severe decline due to overfishing and by catch. Fishing vessels of various countries catch massive quantities of sharks to meet the demand, which brings in enormous amounts of money to companies supplying shark fins. With the large number of sharks being pulled from the oceans, the population is at a steep decline, which not only impacts the shark population but the overall biodiversity of the sea.