Press Photos: Marshall Islands Parliament Passes Shark Protections

  • October 02, 2011

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Healthy and biologically diverse shark populations are important to maintaining healthy marine habitats and fisheries.

Credit: Jim Abernethy


Some species, such as the oceanic white tip, have experienced declines of up to 99 percent.

Credit: Jim Abernethy



The catching of sharks in fisheries that target other species is frequently reported in open-sea longline fisheries targeting tuna and swordfish. Blue sharks make up a particuarly large proportion of shark bycatch in open-sea fisheries (47 to 92 percent).

Credit: Jim Abernethy


It has been estimated that whale shark tourism, mainly through recreational diving, is worth about US$47.5 million worldwide.

Credit: Jim Abernethy


Due to their life history characteristics of slow growth, late maturity, and production of few young, sharks are exceptionally vulnerable to overexploitation and slow to recover once depleted.

Credit: Shawn Heinrichs


According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Redlist, 30 percent of shark and ray species are threatened or near-threatened with extinction.

Credit: Shawn Heinrichs


The onset of industrial fishing over the past 60 years has drastically depleted the world's shark populations.

Credit: Julien Lajournade


Shark finning is the unnecessary practice of cutting the fins off a shark and discarding the body at sea. The price of one kilogram of shark fins can fetch as much as US$700.

Credit: Jeff Rotman


Shark fins are a lucrative commodity on the international market, where many are bought for the Asian delicacy, shark fin soup. One bowl of shark fin soup can cost US$100.

Credit: Michael James Kavanagh


The demand for shark fins, meat, liver oil, and other products has driven numerous shark populations to the brink of extinction.

Credit: Shawn Heinrichs


The loss of sharks could cause irreversible damage to the ocean and economic activities, such as dive tourism.

Credit: Shawn Heinrichs


Up to 73 million sharks are killed annually to support the global shark fin trade.

Credit: Shawn Heinrichs

Media Contact: Kymberly Escobar

Topics: Oceans, Environment