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Shark 'finning' leads to dangerous declines in shark population

Sharks are lined up for auction at a fish market in Dubai , United Arab Emirates. The global trade in shark fins totals hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and tens of millions of sharks around the world may be caught every year for their fins. Some experts estimate that stocks of some shark species in inshore reef systems around the world have fallen by up to 90 percent. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)
Discovery Channel is in the midst of its 25th annual Shark Week. With an estimated 30 million viewers tuning in, conservationists are seizing the opportunity to shine light on some alarming issues. Researchers say finning, the practice of cutting off a shark’s fins so they can be used to make a delicacy, shark fin soup, is one of the main reasons that as many as one third of all shark species face some threat of extinction. We’ll talk about the situation with Kassia Perpich Asstistant Director of Great Lakes and Sustainability at the Shedd Aquarium.

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