Americans who eat shark fin soup—an Asian delicacy costing up to $100 per bowl in the United States—might be unknowingly consuming an endangered species. According to an unprecedented scientific analysis by Stony Brook University, the Field Museum in Chicago and with support from the Pew Environment Group, the shark fin soup served in 14 U.S. cities contains at-risk species, including scalloped hammerhead, which is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Endangered globally.
It is now a crime to kill tiger and hammerhead sharks in the waters off Florida. In a unanimous vote following two years of spirited public hearings, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to protect the tiger shark and three species of hammerhead from recreational and commercial anglers.
"Sometimes the appropriate measures of conservation are the problems we avoid, not the problems we have to fix," said Commissioner Brian Yablonski.
Finn was a great help in the Dive Centre on Thursday, managing to fill cylinders, load the dive van and even serve customers! He was a hit with our regular divers and customers, especially the ladies. He even managed to persuade a few of our customers to purchase our charity T-shirts for our Fin4Finning event on Saturday. He loved the cool design that Fourth Element had come up with.
Finn was still exhausted from his attempt to get to Kenya so slept most of the day. Finn was suffering from nightmares, which he said were a mix of plastic oceans and sharks with no fins! In fact, he awoke with a start and hid amongst the foliage to hide from the shark fishermen…