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100 Million Sharks are Killed Each Year to Prepare Chinese Soup

By on March 8, 2013

The high demand for shark fin does not end. Many species are threatened and governments try to strengthen restrictions on fishing

The more accurate conclusion today on the impact of commercial fishing of sharks suggests that about 100 million sharks die each year in order to use their fins to make the popular Chinese soup shark fin.

The researchers say that this type of exploitation is excessive, especially for species that breed in the maturity of his life. The report, published by Marine Policy, the researchers admit that accurately determine the overall level of fishing for sharks is extremely difficult because data are scarce. 

Many sharks found have removed fins and their bodies have been thrown back into the sea. These sharks usually are not included in the official reports.


No clutch, scientists estimated mortality range between 63 million and 273 million sharks in 2010.
“There is a wide range and that speaks to the quality of the data, which are not very good,” said Demian Chapman of Stony Brook University in New York, USA.

“Certainly * 100 000 000 is the average calculated and the best estimate is that there *,” he added.

While the number of sharks fish has not changed substantially between 2000 and 2010, the study authors say that commercial fishing fleets are simply changing location and species of sharks that seek to meet demand.

100 million sharks are killed each year to prepare Chinese soup

The fear is that over time these shark species collapse.The concern increases with the fact that many of the endangered species are slow playback. “Many of the sharks-market take over a decade to reach maturity,” says Chapman.”Do not reproduce fast enough to keep up with the pace with which we are taking the ocean” he said.


The shark fin soup is highly prized by the Chinese and does not seem to be letting up. While these fins are cut into the sea, several countries, including Canada, USA and some of the EU, do their best to restrict them by law.

However, the measures have not produced the desired effect, as Chapman explains.

“The problem is that shark fins are now so valuable that people are not just” winging “sharks in the sea, but are keeping the whole animal. As the animal is killed, really specific prohibition against finning has not eliminated the problem  “.

On Sunday, negotiators from 178 countries will meet in Bangkok, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species proposals to regulate trade in five of the most threatened species of sharks in the world.

In a previous meeting in 2010, similar restrictions could not be approved because it lacked a few votes to reach the two-thirds majority.

Activists believe have the support of most developed and developing countries, and are optimistic that they will get the votes they need.