#savethesharks #saveourocean #bansharkfinning I done my first ever TAFE presentation on shark finning and since then it's something that I've really been interested in learning about & every time I'm on the subject of sharks I try to educate people about what happens to these poor creatures! Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins and the discard of the carcass at sea. The shark is most often still alive when tossed back into the water. Unable to swim, the shark will sink to the bottom and be eaten alive by other fish and predators while suffocating. Any shark is taken for its fins regardless of it’s age, size or species. Shark finning is widespread and largely unmanaged. In 2012, it was estimated that 100 million sharks were killed for their fins. That is 96 sharks every 30 seconds. The shark population has decreased by 60 to 90 percent in just the last 15 years because of the finning industry. In shark finning, up to 98% of the shark is thrown away.
What is used: Pectoral fins, Primary dorsal fins, Secondary dorsal fin, Pelvic fin, Anal fin & Caudal fin. This makes up only 2% of the shark. There are 145 countries engaged in the finning industry. Australia is one of them. Most of our states and territories ban finning but sadly NSW allows it with certain rules and regulations. A lot of people turn a blind eye because sharks are scary and kill us. But on average, sharks kill 6 people per year. We have more chance of being killed by lightning. Experts estimate that within 10 years, most species of sharks will be lost. Sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them on the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. They help remove the weak & sick, as well as keeping the balance with competitors helping to ensure species diversity. They keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper population for their ecosystem – marine life being too populated can cause harm to the ecosystem. Whilst shark finning threatens the stability. WITH NO SHARKS WE HAVE NO OCEAN. THEY ARE SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN WE'D LIKE TO THINK.