Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shark Defenders Shark Conservation Quiz

Let's play 5 questions with Shark Defenders.  How many shark conservation questions can you correctly answer?  If you need help, we've posted some links below to help you find the answers.  Leave your answers and comments in the comments of this blog (not Facebook or Twitter), and in a few days we'll post the answers along with some discussion points.

In our 10 Things You Can Do To Protect Sharks, our very first item is to educate yourself about the global situation of sharks.  Getting all five questions here correct should be difficult, but if you can do it you are on your way to becoming a true Shark Defender.
1. What is the best definition of ‘shark finning?’
a. Killing a shark
b. Killing a shark for its fins
c. Fishing for sharks
d. Cutting off a shark’s fins at sea
e. Cutting off a shark’s fins and discarding the body in the ocean

2. How many sharks are killed each year?
a. Less than 26 million
b. On average 38 million
c. More than 73 million
d. 100 million+
e. 200 million

3. The Shark Conservation Act in the United States does which of the following:
a. Bans the sale, trade, and possession of shark fin
b. Makes it illegal to kill sharks for their fins
c. Requires that sharks be brought to port with their fins naturally attached
d. Mandates that certain endangered shark species be released alive
e. Sets catch limits for the number of sharks fishermen can catch

4. The shark finning ban being considered by the European Union would:
a. Ban the sale, trade, and possession of shark fin
b. Make it illegal to kill sharks for their fins
c. Require that sharks be brought to port with their fins naturally attached
d. Mandate that certain endangered shark species be released alive
e. Set catch limits for the number of sharks fishermen can catch

5. The shark sanctuaries in Palau, The Bahamas, and Honduras:
a. Ban shark finning
b. Protect only endangered species of shark
c. Ban all commercial fishing
d. Ban all commercial shark fishing
Need some help?  No problem.  Here you go:

1. Believe it or not, Wikipedia has the best definition of ‘shark finning’ on the Internet.

2. The only peer-reviewed scientific study to estimate the number of sharks killed each year is Global estimates of shark catches using trade records from commercial markets by Shelley Clarke. Read Clarke’s 2006 study in Ecology Letters for the answer. 

3. The Pew Environment Group explains the US Shark Conservation Act in this Youtube video.

4. The Shark Alliance explains the shark protections being considered by the EU in this video.

5. Discovery News reports on the 2011 creation of shark sanctuaries in Honduras and The Bahamas and how they protect sharks.

Alright, did you write down your guesses?  Here are the answers.

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