Shark finning in the USA caught on camera
Shark finning, which is prohibited in the USA, is a a very profitable business. As only 2% of the world’s original shark stocks are left, drastic measures have been taken by many countries to safe the last sharks tat are left in our oceans. Sport fishermen from South Jersey don’t care so much about the conservation. Instead of catch and release methods, which is used by sustainable sport fishermen all over the world, they still kill their sharks and fin them.
Shark finning is big business
Shark fins are among the most expensive seafood products, commonly retailing at US$400 per kg. In the United States, where finning is prohibited, some buyers regard the whale shark and the basking shark as trophy species, and pay $10,000 to $20,000 for a fin. The simple fact that a shark fin is worth so much money on the Asian market is now bringing the species to the brink of extinction.
— Lewis Pugh (@LewisPugh) June 11, 2017
Sport fisherman worldwide are disgusted
Fishing competitions like the South Jersey Tournaments should change their policy in order to be sustainable in the future. This is not the example you want to give to a future generation. Sport fishermen all over the world were shocked by seeing the footage of sharks being finned and transported back to port.
‘These people are no sport fishermen, it is a shame what they are doing, they are the leeches of this planet. For over 20 years we use catch and release methods. It made us feel better and we even contributed to shark research programmes.. We truly care about our sport and our environment. I am shocked by seeing this footage, and I hope the authorities will comply with the law’ Says J. Boldwin, an Australian fishermen.
Sponsoring companies should stop funding ‘wrong’ tournaments
Yamaha, Shell, Penn are just a few names of the companies sponsoring this annual American massacre. That needs to stop and therefore they are the ones who could make a change and statement. Organizing shark tournaments are fine, but as long as catch and release methods are applied.
Sponsors are associated with illegal practices
The names of the sponsors of this Shark tournament have seriously been put in a bad light. Concerning the fact that these sponsoring companies are probably not even aware of what is really happening at this tournament and what they are actually sponsoring. These fishermen are illegaly finning in the name of Shell, Penn, Yamaha and a few smaller companies. This is probably the best way to eliminate your own tournament.