Gruesome 'Spining' Loophole Aids Criminal Shark Finning in Costa Rica
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Fisherman use "spining" in an attempt to haul in more sharks. While the shark meat is not profitable, the fins are being sold in Asia for astronomically high prices for the delicacy known as shark fin soup. (This annotation contains an image)
The Chinese culture holds many endangered animals and their various body parts in high regard. As such, many people will go to extreme lengths to consume them, but what is being done to stop some of these longterm cultural practices? Find out here. (This annotation contains a link)
Finish the sentence: When a species or several species disappear from an ecosystem
Finning has been around for decades, but even with celebrities like Gordon Ramsey and documentaries like Sharkwater further raising awareness, the problem has only grown. A new documentary called Extinction Soup is hoping to change that. You can check out the trailer here. (This annotation contains a video)
It seems clear that regulatory agencies, like Incopesca and the Costa Rican government, are either corrupt or powerless. Who do you think should be in charge of regulating fishing? Why would this group/person be a better fit for the role?
Shark finning isn't the only cultural or religious practice that is controversial. Certain religious groups have rules regarding diet and food consumption. You can check out how the government in Denmark is reacting to these practices, and decide if you agree or disagree with their new regulations. (This annotation contains a link)
After reading this passage, how would you describe Tseng's behavior? What do you think should be done about it?
In recent years how we find, process and consume food has become a hot topic for debate. In China, one of the fastest developing countries in the world this debate is amplified. In addition to consuming illegally caught shark products, China is grappling with huge factory farms and safety concerns. Find out what is happening here. (This annotation contains a link)
Many people around the world rely on the oceans for food and financial stability, yet the oceans are overfished in many places and often illegal hauls are brought in. This calls international fishing practices into question. In your opinion, should ships from other countries be able to fish outside of their own nation's waters? Explain why you feel that way.