Shark nets and drum lines

Shark nets are not made to prevent sharks from entering the beach area. Indeed, sharks have a chance to avoid them as these nets do not form a complete barrier. What nets are designed to do however is to kill resident sharks, as the more often these sharks will enter and leave the beach, the higher the probability that they get entangled in the net. This is merely a culling program.

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Shark Finning

Shark finning is by far the main reason for shark overfishing

Shark fin soup is an Asian delicacy, with a high monetary and cultural value. If its consumption has started with the Emperor Taizu of the Northern Song (960-976), it was with the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that shark fin soup became an established dish. The increased population and prosperity in China, Hong Kong and Singapore has resulted in an exploding demand for shark fin soup

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Flake and by-catch

Whether targeted or as bycatch result, sharks are indiscriminately caught in Australia by gillnets, longlines and trawlers. Shark meat is usually sold as “flakes” in fish and chips stores throughout the country. Only gummy and rig shark species’ flesh should be marketed this way, according to the Australian Fish Names Committee.

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