10 Nov '11, 3pm

This story of a chance meeting with a former shark finner turned conservationist is fascinating.

This story of a chance meeting with a former shark finner turned conservationist is fascinating.

Shark finning draws particular ire from conservationists. As it should. Shark finning is the practice of catching sharks solely for their fins, which are used to make soup with imagined healing properties. Fishermen chop the fins off living sharks, only to toss the bleeding and helpless fish back into the sea. It’s an unimaginably cruel and wasteful activity that also depletes the ocean of one of its most important predators. If I ask you to imagine the person who cuts fins off live sharks for a living I bet your mind ventures into dark territory. You’re picturing a brutish, sadistic man, someone oblivious to the suffering of other creatures. You might go so far as to call such a man evil. You’d be wrong. Meeting the Shark Finner I recently met a former shark finner , not on a fishing boat, but in the office of a conservation organization. I had traveled to Pohnpei, a remo...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/11/sympathy-for-the-shark-fin...

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