Sharks are in dire need of our support, before they're all gone

Here are a couple of the major issues faced by sharks, caused by humans

MILLIONS of sharks die a gruesome death every year...

just for their fins...

just to make a bowl of soup...

a soup that has no flavor, so they must add chicken or pork broth

It is virtually impossible to say how many die each year, but U.S. based conservation organization WildAid estimates that up to 73 million (yes, million) sharks are killed every year.

Below, I would to illistrate the process, via photographs to provide a true respentation of what is happening to our beautiful species.

Here is where they below, in their environment where they have been for the past 450 million years.

Supporting agencies and creating a tourism will help save these animals as it will move the boats from killing them, to taking tourist (divers) to see them.

This is thier beauty, before the gruesome death begins

The slaughter begins on boats. They are mercilessly drugged up from the oceans and, if lucky, are killed immediately before the definning begins. Most often, this is not the case. They are thrown back into the ocean, ALIVE and dying a slow death at the bottom of the sea.

After definning, there are two ways to dispose of the murdered specie. Dumping over board, or as in the third photo, rotting away in some landfill. As the shark gets discarded, up to 95% of the animal is wasted. As little as 5% of the animal is acutally utilized, typically for a bowl of soup.

After the fins have left their rightfull owners, they are hung from a scaffle, for drying. Due to the demand of shark fins, it is often that roof tops are utilized to dry the fins...all because of high demand...

The below is an example of a market selling "cooked" fins as the denticles and the cartilaginous platelet has been removed. These are found in retail and wholesale markets.

Below, a bowl of shark fin soup, that costs up to US $100 per bowl, is typically sold at wedding receptions, or high profile events. Sad, in that they buy this soup for prestige, but the flavor comes from chicken or pork. Why the death of so many sharks are needed to feed a chicken or pork flavored soup.

While most all of the fin trade goes towards soups, there is a portion of fins that are utilized in tradional chinese medicines. These "medicines" are perceived to be able to help with many health issues, like rejuvenation, appetite enhancement, nourishing to blood, beneficial to vital energy, kidneys, lungs, bones and many other parts of the body.

There is no scientific proof that supports this claim.

Where do ghost nets come from?

Some commercial fisherman use gillnets. These are suspended in the sea by flotation buoys, such as glass floats, along one edge. In this way they can form a vertical wall hundreds of metres long, where any fish within a certain size range can be caught. Normally these nets are collected by fishermen and the catch removed. However if this is not done the net can continue to catch fish until the weight of the catch exceeds the buoyancy of the floats. The net then sinks, and the fish are devoured by bottom-dwelling crustaceans and other fish. Then the floats pull the net up again and the cycle continues. Given the high-quality synthetics that are used today, the destruction can continue for a long time.

This is thier beauty, before the gruesome death begins fish and ghost net

In the fishing industry, a bycatch is a fish or other marine species that is caught unintentionally while catching certain target species and target sizes of fish, crabs etc. Bycatch is either of a different species, or is undersized or juveniles individuals of the target species. The term "bycatch" is also sometimes used for untargeted catch in other forms of animal harvesting or collecting.

There are at least four different ways the word "bycatch" is used in fisheries: