More than a thousand shark and ray species in our oceans play multiple key roles in marine ecosystems. While sharks are not common in Hong Kong waters, its survival is strongly tied with our city. Hong Kong is the centre of the lucrative shark fin trade, accounting for more than 40 per cent of the global trade every year.
With tens of millions sharks killed annually, a quarter of the sharks and rays are now threatened with extinction. The huge demand for shark fin as delicacy in Chinese banquets is one of the major factors fueling global shark fisheries. That’s why saying no to buying and eating shark fin and related products is currently the best way to protect the species.