Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) is a registered charity dedicated exclusively to shark conservation. As apex predators, sharks are a crucial part of the marine food chain. The demand for shark products has contributed to the rapid decline of many species, with several already nearing extinction1. Removing sharks from our oceans will threaten the delicate balance of ecosystems that are valuable sources of food and key elements in regulating our climate.

We aim to raise awareness about shark conservation, particularly the unsustainable practice of shark finning, and to reduce consumption of shark products in Hong Kong.

Every year, over 100 million sharks are caught worldwide for shark fins and other products, with over 50% of the world’s shark fin being traded through Hong Kong alone . HKSF believes this a rare opportunity for one city to make a significant impact on a global scale. Please act now to help reduce the consumption of shark products in Hong Kong and save the world’s sharks.

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