A massive demand for shark fin soup in China has created high profits for fishers that target sharks. These fishers are highly mobile, moving into traditional fishing villages with gear (such as wire traces, gill nets and large hooks) provided by their Asian buyers. Fishers or their buyers have little incentive to conserve fish stocks, and major declines in sharks and shark-like rays have occurred. This has created conflicts with tourism industries and unbalanced marine ecosystems.
We are helping fishers to find long-term, sustainable solutions to support traditional fisheries (such as cost minimisation through in-kind support from local businesses), and to help communities find options other than turning to short-term exploitation of non-renewable stocks (like shark finning). We have already produced a preliminary report on shark fisheries in Mozambique, and we are currently expanding on this document.
If you see shark finning along your coast, please report to our network, although the activity is legal we want to know where hotspots are occurring.