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In Search of Sharks

2014-04-03
In early 2013, a set of photos was released and aroused immediate attention from international media: thousands of shark fins was drying on the rooftop of a factory situated in Western.

Hong Kong is the largest shark fin trading hub. According to the statistics provided by conservation organizations, Hong Kong handles at least 50% on average of the global trade in shark fin and related products each year. In 2012, over 8,000 tons of shark fins or related products are being imported to Hong Kong.

In 2010, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) assessed over 400 species of sharks; 30% of them were categorized as vulnerable or threatened species, some of them are even at risk of extinction.

Stanley Shea works in an environmental organization and promotes shark conservation. Last year, he went to Mozambique, one of the major shark fin exporting country, to find out how Mozambicans fish for sharks and how much effects it has on the population of sharks. How does shark fin trading affects a remote region in Africa so far away from Hong Kong?

Mozambique, with a coastline of 2500km, situates in South-East Africa. Mozambican waters are a centre of diversity for sharks, rays and fishes. It hosts more than 100 species of sharks, including whitetip shark, bull shark and tiger shark. The rapid development of fisheries in the region, coupled with a lack of effective regulation, have led to severe impact on the species in this region.

Through his journey to Mozambique, Stanley Shea finds out how shark fin trade has affected the region.

Fishy Business

  • Video
  • English
  • On-going
Five-part commissioned documentary series features how marine species and ecology being affected by human activities.
Produced by Monster Productions Ltd.
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