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Report says shark nations are failing on a pledge

A recent report has accused heavy shark-hunting nations of failing to live up to a 10 year-old conservation pledge.

The news comes from the Pew Environment Group and Traffic, an organisation dedicated to monitoring the wildlife trade. The two groups have said that many governments have done little to meet requirements as set forth in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s 10 year-old agreement to conserve shark species.

The groups say that around 100 million sharks are hunted and killed each year, primarily for their fins which are extremely valuable as part of the Asian delicacy of shark fin soup. They add that more than 30% of species currently face extinction despite numerous countries, including the United States, passing measures to heavily regulate the trade.

The report says that neither India nor Indonesia, the two countries catching the highest numbers of sharks, have in the last 10 years finished measures aimed to protect shark species. Additionally, it says that only 13 of the 20 shark-catching nations on Earth have measures in place, despite collectively accounting for 80% of the total amount of sharks caught each year.

Traffic’s marine program head Glenn Sant said that such nations need to take action to make sure that the list of shark species facing extinction due to overfishing does not grow.

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