Shark Finning Hitting Gulf Sharks Hard

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, a man carries a blacktip shark imported from Oman to be auctioned at a fish market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Fishermen across the globe kill as many as 70 million sharks each year for their fins, which can sell for $700 a pound (450 grams), while the soup prized for Chinese banquets and weddings can cost $100 a bowl. The fin trade has devastated several species including hammerheads, oceanic whitetip, blue, threshers and silky and contributed to 181 shark and ray species being listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as threatened with extinction. The trade is legal, though efforts are being made to ban the practice of "finning" hacking the fins off of sharks and throwing the rest overboard, often when they are still alive. Four years ago, under international pressure, the UAE joined the growing number of countries banning the practice.
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