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 sharkb. Killing a shark for its finsc. Fishing for sharksd. Cutting off a shark’s fins at seae. Cutting off a shark’s fins and discarding the body in the ocean2. How many sharks are killed each year?a. Less than 26 millionb. On average 38 millionc. More than 73 milliond. 100 million+e. 200 million3. The Shark Conservation Act in the United States does which of the following:a. Bans the sale, trade, and possession of shark finb. Makes it illegal to kill sharks for their finsc. Requires that sharks be brought to port with their fins naturally attachedd. Mandates that certain endangered shark species be released alivee. Sets catch limits for the number of sharks fishermen can catch4. The shark finning ban being considered by the European Union would:a. Ban the sale, trade, and possession of shark finb. Make it illegal to kill sharks for their finsc. Require that sharks be brought to port with their fins naturally attachedd. Mandate that certain endangered shark species be released alivee. Set catch limits for the number of sharks fishermen can catch5. The shark sanctuaries in Palau, The Bahamas, and Honduras:a. Ban shark finningb. Protect only endangered species of sharkc. Ban all commercial fishingd. 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.