Did you know you are more likely to get killed by a vending machine than a shark?
Did you know 1 in 5 breeds of shark are threatened with extinction?
Did you know that the U.S. fishing industry exports more than half a million pounds of shark FINS to Hong Kong alone each year? (Just the fins!?)
So who does that make the deadliest animal in the sea?
This week is Shark Week and here at Be Green we would like to celebrate one of the coolest creatures in the oceans. We are all lovers of the ocean and marine life and would like to share some facts on the threat on sharks and ways we can protect them from disappearing forever.
Overfishing is driving sharks to the brink – with many populations down by 80 percent. Tens of millions are killed each year for their meat, fins, liver, and other products.
Bycatch– or catching sharks incidentally while fishing for other commercial species – poses a significant threat to sharks. At the same time, new markets for shark products are blurring the line between targeted and accidental catches.
Finning– Shark fins usually fetch a much higher price than shark meat, providing an economic incentive for the wasteful and indefensible practice of “finning” (removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark at sea). Finning is often associated with shark overfishing, especially as keeping only the fins allows fishermen to kill many more sharks in a trip than if they were required to bring back the entire animal.
While shark finning has been illegal in California since 2011, there are still threats to these animals Here are some things you can easily do to show your support and help protect sharks here in California and globally:
1. Sign this petition to support marine protected areas in the SF Bay Area: https://www.change.org/petitions/support-marine-protected-areas-in-the-san-francisco-bay
3. Make sure your seafood is shark free (and sustainable and healthy!) Download the free app Seafood Watch.
4. Become Educated! Watch this incredible video by Shark Angels