After a nights ‘sharking’, shark biologist goes home disappointed, settling for a male with just one clasper
If you aren’t following the beautiful and hilarious shark biologist Sally Snow, I don’t even want to know you
Shark Savers have a nice overview of the role sharks play in maintaining ecosystem balance, but even more handy is the “Additional Resources” link at the bottom of the page where they cite all the references. A great starting point:
This is totally not a silly question.
I think it’s been the result of over a decade of active education and awareness campaigns. Teaching children the ecological importance of sharks, using celebrities to brand the practice untrendy, exposing the scale and brutality of the industry through undercover photojournalism, preventing transport by lobbying airlines not to carry fins as cargo.
It’s been slow growing progress, like any social change, but I think we’re seeing the tide turn on the harvesting of sharks for their fins. I’m not saying the problem is ok now, but that momentum against it is picking up pace.