Sharks

On March 16, 2016, Oceana went shark tagging off the coast of Miami, Florida with Dr. Austin Gallagher and Beneath the Waves. Photo: Oceana/Jason Arnold

Photo: Oceana/Jason Arnold

9
May
2017

The Value Of Keeping Sharks Alive

by Co-authored by Andrew Sharpless, Oceana's Chief Executive Officer and Louis Bacon, Chief Executive Officer of Moore Capital Management and Founder and chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation Category: ,

How much is a shark worth? That might sound like a strange question. To conservationists, biologists or people who love the ocean, it might be impossible to quantify the value of such a magnificent creature. For fishers around the world, the answer is probably more straightforward. But one thing is now clear: sharks are worth much more alive than dead in the state of Florida. A new, independent report commissioned by Oceana found that live sharks provide significant economic benefits to the state of Florida. Divers and tourists travel from around the world to see sharks in person, supporting a tourism industry that depends on healthy animals. Given the global threats to survival of sharks and the key roles they play both in nature and in some coastal economies, the report commissioned by Oceana, and research by others, highlights the need for Congress to pass the proposed Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act to enact a nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins. The bill, introduced by Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Gregorio Sablan (I-MP), would remove the... read more +

A 2016 national poll commissioned by Oceana found that 81 percent of registered voters said they support the legislation and would like a national ban on shark fins.

81% of registered voters would like a national ban on shark fins (Oceana). Photo (c) John Voo

10
Mar
2017

Let’s Prove that Americans Don’t Want Shark Fins in The U.S.

by Lora Snyder, Campaign Director, Oceana Category: ,

When most people think of the devastating global trade of animal products, they probably think of elephant tusks or rhino horns – the demand for which has devastated these populations in recent decades. However, with many countries around the world, including the United States, now banning these products, these animals have been given a second chance to recover and thrive. Most Americans do not know though that the U.S. still participates in a global trade that is decimating animal populations around the world: shark fins. It’s estimated the fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year, mainly as an ingredient in the Asian dish shark fin soup. This demand for fins is severely jeopardizing the survival of certain shark populations around the world and can lead to the brutal practice of shark finning – when a fisherman cuts the fins off of a shark and throws the body back overboard, usually to drown, bleed to death or to be eaten alive. Although shark finning has been illegal in U.S. waters... read more +

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25
Jun
2016

Congress Introduces Bill to Ban the Trade of Shark Fins in the United States

by Lora Snyder, Campaign Director for Responsible Fishing, Oceana Category:

Sharks are in big trouble. Between 63 and 273 million sharks are killed every year due to human activities like overfishing and bycatch. As predators, sharks have played a vital role in maintaining healthy oceans for hundreds of millions of years, and any decline in populations can create a domino effect of unintended consequences. According to a new Oceana report released yesterday, the demand for shark fins is one of the biggest threats to shark populations worldwide. In fact, it’s estimated that fins from as many as 73 million sharks are bought and sold in the global shark fin trade every year, although it is unclear how many of those sharks have been finned.  Shark finning involves cutting off the fins at sea, often while the shark is still alive, and then dumping the body overboard to drown, bleed to death or to be eaten alive. Many of the shark species popular in the fin trade are slow to recover from unsustainable fishing because they have long lifespans, mature slowly and produce relatively few young. In fact, of... read more +