Overexploitation.

Overexploitation means harvesting species from the wild at rates faster than natural populations can recover. Overfishing and overhunting are both types of overexploitation.

Overfishing is the principle cause of the decline of many fish, shellfish, and other living marine resources around the world.  

-The Ecological Society of America- 



According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) it is estimated that 73 million sharks are killed every year, mostly for the value of their fins. 

Shark fins set out to dry in the sun: a kilo can fetch up to $1,000 USD to the final consumer, a fisherman gets roughly $15-$30 USD per kilo. 

Shark fins set out to dry in the sun: a kilo can fetch up to $1,000 USD to the final consumer, a fisherman gets roughly $15-$30 USD per kilo. 


This pregnant blue shark was fished off the coasts of Magbay, which killed all her pups as well.   

This pregnant blue shark was fished off the coasts of Magbay, which killed all her pups as well. 

 

Fishermen and consumers alike lack the resources and educational tools to help reduce the strain on species. Fishing can be replaced by more sustainable, and profitable, activities and consumption can be made more responsible by offering information about better practices.

Almost 80% of the world's fisheries are overexploited, depleted or in a state of collapse. -FAO

Shark meat is salted and set out to dry to be then passed off as fake cod meat in the Mexican fish market. 

Shark meat is salted and set out to dry to be then passed off as fake cod meat in the Mexican fish market.