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Shark Fin Trade

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Destructive and illegal fishing practices kill around 100 million sharks every year for their fins, responsible for a 70% decline in shark populations globally over the past 50 years. International trade even goes beyond their fins, the shark meat trade has rapidly expanded and contributed to a market for shark cartilage and oil used in cosmetics and health supplements.

Sharks are vital for ocean health, oceans are vital for our health and our planet. The need to understand the critical part sharks play in the marine ecosystem has never been so urgent.

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