Find out about shark finning and how you can help to end it.

Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being “harvested” in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian “delicacy”.

A hammerhead shark finned on board.

A hammerhead shark finned on board.

Hammerhead left for dead on the sea bed.

…and left for dead on the sea bed.

Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have been decimated by over 95%. Due to the clandestine nature of finning, records are rarely kept of the numbers of sharks and species caught. Estimates are based on declared imports to shark fin markets such as Hong Kong and China. is campaigning to achieve a worldwide ban on shark finning. That means that all sharks caught must be landed intact – their fins must not be removed while the shipping vessel is at sea.

If you are concerned about the plight of sharks – an animal that has been around since before the dinosaurs – there are plenty of things you can do to help. So go to our campaigns page and take action now!


Galapagos sharks

This is the way sharks should be – free! Photo of Galapagos Sharks published with permission of Wolfgang Leander, Oceanic Dreams.

People wearing the Stop Shark Finning T-shirt

You can get a Stop Shark Finning shirt here.