Shark finning is the process in which sharks in the worlds oceans are being hunted and caught using long-line fishing or other ways of capturing and killed for their fins. These sharks are being taken out of the ocean alive while their fins are being cut off and dismembered then they are thrown back into the ocean as waste known as “by catch”. This demand for shark fins is ever increasing and several parts of the sharks bodies are wanted in markets for exorbitant prices. Because of these high prices (500 dollars a pound) fisherman go out of their way to hunt them despite it being extremely illegal.
An estimated 100,000,000 sharks are killed each YEAR for their fins leaving them helpless and depleted. Sharks themselves mature within 7 to 20 years and during that time regulate and help the entire ocean thrive. Since shark populations take a considerable amount of time to recover its almost impossible for them to replenish as quickly as they are being removed from oceans.
World-wide shark populations have decreased 60-98% in the last 15 years because of the shark fin trade, this leaving them endangered and extinct in a matter of years unless something major can be done. Because of the desire for products like shark fins and shark cartilage, which allegedly treats diseases in joints but with no proof of actual benefits, we are destroying our fragile ecosystems with humans taking sharks place as the oceans top predator. Scientists predict that because of the damage we have done most shark species will disappear because of longline fishing alone in the next 10 years.