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Canada, Eh? Investigation Shows Endangered Shark Fins Being Sold in Canada

Source: Hakai Magazine/Rachel Nuwer - October 19, 2017 in Politics

Canada, Eh? Investigation Shows Endangered Shark Fins Being Sold in Canada
Photo: Nicholas Wang/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Canada is a major player in the global shark fin trade, and a recent investigation adds an unnerving detail to the story: the majority of fins for sale in Canada may belong to threatened and endangered species.

The discovery came from a team of activists and researchers that used a mix of undercover sleuthing and cutting-edge DNA analysis to identify exactly which shark species are being sold in Canadian markets.

Globally, finning takes a devastating toll on sharks. Fins from up to 73 million sharks are harvested each year, many through finning, and the majority wind up in China and neighboring Asian countries where they sell for up to US $1,100 per kilogram.

Shark finning is a notoriously cruel and wasteful practice: fishermen haul a shark onto their boat, slice off its fins, and then throw the animal back into the water—oftentimes alive—to either drown or bleed out.

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