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Who we are
The Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) is part of My Ocean, a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to marine conservation. Although HKSF members come from around the world, most live and work in Hong Kong. Regardless of nationality or ethnicity, we are united in our desire to conserve shark populations for future generations. To join our community, please sign up to our mailing list.
Why we care
Sharks are apex predators and a crucial part of the marine food chain. However, the excessive demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of shark populations, with many species at high risk of extinction1. Removing sharks from our oceans will threaten the delicate balance of marine ecosystems.
Tens of millions of sharks are caught worldwide every year, with the fins from up to 73 million of these serving the shark finning industry2. At least 50% of the world’s shark fin is traded through Hong Kong alone3. HKSF believes that is a rare opportunity for one city to make a significant impact on a global scale.
HKSF exists to raise awareness about shark conservation, with particular emphasis on the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to enlist support in helping to reduce the consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.
1 According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) RED List in 2010, a third of shark species are at high risk of extinction . However, this rises to 56% when discounting the species where there is insufficient data to determine the conservation status. The IUCN Red List of Threatened speciesTM is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive, scientifically-based source of information on the global status of plant and animal species [http://www.iucnredlist.org/]
2 Global estimates of shark catches using trade records from commercial markets, Shelley C. Clarke , Murdoch K. McAllister , E. J. Milner-Gulland , G. P. Kirkwood , Catherine G. J. Michielsens , David J. Agnew, Ellen K. Pikitch, Hideki Nakano and Mahmood S. Shivji
3 Global estimates of shark catches using trade records from commercial markets, Shelley C. Clarke , Murdoch K. McAllister , E. J. Milner-Gulland , G. P. Kirkwood , Catherine G. J. Michielsens , David J. Agnew, Ellen K. Pikitch, Hideki Nakano and Mahmood S. Shivji