Sharks in the News

  • Blog post by Sarah Richard

    We are killing 100 million sharks a year just for soup, yet a shark is worth more alive than it is dead 100 million a year, just for a flavourless soup. IT NEEDS TO STOP For those of you that know me you’ll know the passion I have for sharks, the ocean and everything within it, and for anyone else that has a passion, about anything, you’ll know you can’t just switch that off. So when it comes to the subject of shark finning it makes my skin crawl.How can people be killing these beautiful animals purely just for social status? … More

    October 3rd, 2016
  • SCMP: Cathay Pacific targeted in shark fin protest at Hong Kong International Airport

    SCMP: Cathay Pacific targeted in shark fin protest at Hong Kong International Airport PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 May, 2016, 9:00pm UPDATED : Sunday, 29 May, 2016, 9:08pm News›Hong Kong›Health & Environment CONSERVATION Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com Pressure on carrier to follow lead of HK Express and impose outright ban rather than persisting with its ‘sustainable’ policy Wildlife campaigners kept up their pressure on Cathay Pacific Airways to stop carrying shark fin cargo by staging a protest at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, days after HK Express became the first local carrier to ban shipments. Nine protesters wearing shark costumes held … More

    May 30th, 2016
  • Shark fin soup: a dangerous delicacy for humans and sharks alike (10 March 2016)

    Shark fin soup: a dangerous delicacy for humans and sharks alike Hong Kong’s shark fin trade is still robust, even given recent scares over unsafe mercury levels. But public attitudes towards consumption are slowly changing Jarred fins available in a pharmacy Photograph: Lauren Smith Lauren Smith It’s early February two days before the Chinese New Year. I am in Hong Kong and there are shark fins everywhere, to suit all types of consumer. You can buy them in general food stores, pharmacies and fishing villages. You can buy small ones in plastic bags, multipacks or single large ones with festive … More

    April 11th, 2016
  • Meet the New Sharks of 2015 (12 Feb 2016)

    Meet the New Sharks of 2015 The worn and weary phrase “There’s more fish in the sea” isn’t just cold solace for heartbroken saps, but for shark biologists, this means more discoveries of new species. Another year of science closes, giving us pause to review those new species of sharks described in the scientific literature, bringing the total number of known shark species to 512. Perhaps it’s a hollow victory to have so many different species known at a time when sharks populations worldwide are either in decline or in a complete population tailspin. But as taxonomists continue to kick ass and … More

    February 29th, 2016
  • Orient Overseas banned transporting shark fins (18 Feb 2016)

    Orient Overseas (International) Limited decided not to ship dolphin/whale/shark products anymore and showed their willingness on environmental protection. For full news ( Chinese), please refer to the following link: http://www.hk01.com/%E7%92%B0%E4%BF%9D/7817/-%E6%9D%B1%E6%96%B9%E6%B5%B7%E5%A4%96-%E5%AE%A3%E5%B8%83%E6%8B%92%E9%81%8B%E9%AD%9A%E7%BF%85-%E9%A1%98%E8%82%A9%E8%B2%A0%E4%BF%9D%E8%82%B2%E9%87%8D%E4%BB%BB-%E7%92%B0%E5%9C%98-%E6%A8%99%E8%AA%8C%E6%80%A7%E6%B1%BA%E5%AE%9A

    February 29th, 2016
  • Large number of shark corpses without fins found in Taiwan (3 Feb 2016)

    On Feb 3, a large number of shark corpses were found in Taiwan. All of them are juvenile and their fins were cut. For full news (Chinese) , please refer to the following link:  http://www.ettoday.net/news/20160203/643233.htm

    February 29th, 2016
  • Great White Shark died after 3 days keeping in capacity in Japan (8 Jan 2016)

    An aquarium in Okinawa, Japan tried to keep a Great White Shark. However, after three days, the shark became weak and sink to the bottom of the capacity. It eventually died.  For full news (Chinese), please go to the following link: http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/realtime/international/20160108/54624031

    February 29th, 2016
  • SportsRoad: Marathon Runners Ran the Message

    馬拉松跑手跑出訊息「反滅聲」 今日新聞, 所有分類, 最新消息, 田徑 Athletics, 馬拉松 MarathonFebruary 16, 2014 【體路專訊】年度盛事「香港馬拉松2014」已於今日(16日)圓滿結束,本屆賽事共吸引了73,000位選手參與,成為歷年之冠。與此同時,渣打馬拉松亦從以往的一場體壇賽事發展成香港市民表達意見、甚至是展開人生新一頁的大日子。今屆渣馬除了一班「扮鬼扮馬」的參賽者外,亦有香港記者協會舉行的「反滅聲行動」,呼籲市民關注本港的新聞自由。               今年渣馬人數再創新高,較去年多出1,000人,當中更不乏以卡通人物服飾參賽的選手。當中「跳跳虎」莫先生今年亦「跳」進渣馬。過往曾參加東京馬拉松的他指出當地不少跑手都會穿著特色服飾參賽,大會提供的T-shirt則可以讓跑手們寫上參加馬拉松的原因,所以他今年決定把「渣馬跑手,都有個街馬夢」的訊息帶進渣馬,希望有一天比賽能像東京馬拉松般於城市中舉行:「在高速公路上跑步,沒有那麼多人打氣,比賽氣氛差好遠。」               莫先生決定把「渣馬跑手,都有個街馬夢」的訊息帶進渣馬。 至於參加十公里比賽的周先生以一身鬆弛熊打扮出現,他表示去年曾與友人打賭,並承諾以卡通人物打扮作賽,以鼓勵身邊的朋友跑步。雖然天氣清涼,不過穿著連身衣的他則跑得滿頭大汗,又指因為服裝問題導致今年時間較去年慢十餘分鐘,更笑言下年寧願挑戰半馬,也不想再挑戰奇裝異服。               周先生以一身鬆弛熊打扮出現               跑手為「一翅都唔食」(I’m FINished with Fins)活動作宣傳。 除了跳跳虎外,「鬼馬常客」巨型鯊魚今年同樣現身渣馬,並為「一翅都唔食」(I’m FINished with Fins)活動作宣傳。「游」走於十公里賽事的Duncan及Boey表示是次乃首次參賽:「現時部分鯊魚品種已開始瀕危(絕種),希望可以透過今次的比賽令更多香港市民認識『停止食用魚翅』的訊息。」             各界跑手帶上藍絲帶出賽。 此外,香港記者協會今晨舉行「反滅聲行動」,並分別於尖沙咀起點、港鐵天后站及維園終點向渣馬選手派發超過5,000條象徵新聞自由的藍絲帶。響應行動的選手Calvin表示言論自由與香港市民的生活息息相關,作為年青人應多加關注,故主動上前領取絲帶,以示支持。             不同團體選擇在渣馬中表達意見,從事設計的周榮燊則選擇今天與女友展開人生另一長跑。他衝過終點後,便馬上跨過圍欄,向女友送上鮮花戒指求婚,最終成功抱得美人歸。他及後更表示:「半馬這麼難都捱得過,全馬也沒有問題,以後有甚麼問題都可以捱得過。」二人表現相當甜蜜。 Ref Link: http://sportsroad.hk/archives/22654

    February 19th, 2014
  • Air Pacific makes promise on no transport of shark fins – June 2013

                  Photo credit: AFP To read media coverage, please click links below: In English: AFP – Fiji’s Air Pacific bans ‘unsustainable’ shark fins Big News Network – Three more airlines ban shark fin cargo CNN – More airlines ban shark fin cargo Fiji Live – Air Pacific bans carriage of shark fins The Fiji Times Online – Suspect shark ban Fiji Village – Air Pacific announces shark fin ban Global Times – Fiji carrier bans shark fins The Hindu – Fiji’s Air Pacific bans ‘unsustainable’ shark fins iafrica – Fiji bans shark fins News24 – Airline bans ‘unsustainable’ shark … More

    June 25th, 2013
  • Korean Airlines Joins to Stop Transport of Shark Fins – June 2013

            Photo credit: AFP To read media coverage, please click links below: In English: Big News Network – Three more airlines ban shark fin cargo Bloomberg – Korean Air Joins Cathay Pacific in Curbing Shark Fin Transport Channel News Asia – S Korean airlines ban shark fin as cargo Clean Biz Asia – Korea’s airlines ban shark fin cargo CNN – More airlines ban shark fin cargo Gant Daily – Two airlines in Asia ban carrying shark fins in cargo Global Travel and Tourism Industry News – Korean Air bans shark fins on its cargo flights Global Post – Korean Air stops carrying shark … More

    June 25th, 2013