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It's a Great Week to Help Save Sharks

Leila Monroe

Posted August 3, 2011

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It’s Shark Week again over at the Discovery Channel, but this year the excitement is accompanied by a tidal wave of attention around the need to protect these fascinating – and critically important – creatures.

The truth is that humans are a far greater threat to sharks than they are to us. As a result, many activists are stepping up to raise awareness about one particular practice that is causing shark populations worldwide to plummet: shark finning.

As I’ve highlighted in a number of recent blog posts, sharks around the world are seriously threatened by the global trade in their fins, which drives the killing of 26-73 million sharks every year, just for their fins.  The practice of finning is as gruesome as anything Hollywood could dream up: sharks’ fins are sliced off and the (often living) shark bodies are thrown overboard as waste.  Without fins, sharks drown or are eaten by other animals.  With more than 1/3 of shark species threatened with extinction as a result of the international shark fin trade, and some populations declined by 99%, sharks desperately need a break before they disappear altogether.

 A finned shark sits on the edge of a dock ((c) Wolcott Henry 2005 - Marine Photobank).jpg

Finned shark, (c) Wolcott Henry 2005/Marine Photobank

The very best way to save sharks is to reduce the demand for their fins.  That’s exactly what NRDC and our partners are working to do in California with Assembly Bill (AB) 376.  This bill has already cleared the State Assembly, and, if it passes the State Senate when the legislature returns, California will joining a growing global effort to save sharks.

Shark lovers everywhere can help and celebrate this week by taking action to help save them.  Here’s a list of things you can do to help out:


 Grey reef shark patrolling (Stacy Jupiter - Marine Photobank).jpg

 Grey reef shark patrolling, Stacy Jupiter/Marine Photobank

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MatthewAug 10 2011 06:19 PM

Keep spreading the word on this!

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