The diminishing population of sharks is of great concern because of the importance they play in the entire ecosystem. There are regulations in place, but they need to be more strictly enforced, and there is still a need for more of them.
The catch-and-release policy is of great concern. While some species such as tiger sharks are better able to survive when released, others don’t fare so well. The hammerhead shark is said to be the most vulnerable.
New Zealand is among those doing something about the serious issues surrounding shark finning intending a ban on it to cover all of its waters by 2016.
- Fishing Leads to Significant Shark Population Declines, Researchers Say
- Governments Rally at UN to Protect Sharks Ahead of Global Wildlife Trade Meeting
- Shark pups found at fishmarket
For more information on issues surrounding shark fishing and the need for better regulations, see the following links.
“Because sharks very rarely get cancer, scientists study their cartilage in the hopes of finding a cure for the disease.”
Sieswerda, Paul L. 2002. Sharks. New York: Benchmark Books.