Sharks and rays need your help!
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Discarded, finned sharks.
Mobula gill rakers, drying.
Sharks are under threat of extinction – why?
- Sharks are extremely susceptible to overfishing because most species have slow growth rate and late sexual maturity, meaning they are being fished far faster than they can reproduce.
- Shark finning, the slaughtering of sharks for their fins to supply the demand for the luxury shark fin soup, is creating additional pressures on already declining shark populations.
- Malaysia is no exception, and is a major contributor to the trade of shark fin as well as overfishing domestic sharks and rays.
Why are the Rays under threat too?
- The international trade in manta and mobulid gill plates which is being driven by the current demand in the Chinese Medicine trade appears to be a relatively new phenomenon, with demand significantly increasing in the last couple of decades.
Rays, like sharks, are particularly vulnerable to overfishing due to their slow growth rate and a late sexual maturity meaning they too are being fished faster than they can reproduce.
Did you know?
Around the world many countries have created shark sanctuaries sharks and rays are allowed to breed and populate and keep the natural balance. The countries that have used these methods and have created managed sanctuaries have experienced benefits in the increase of tourism and jobs in the protection of these species.
However, reviews of available literature, along with interviews of well respected practitioners have revealed that there is no evidence to support any of these claims, with some practitioners even admitting that gill plates are not effective and that many other alternatives are available.