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Global Fisheries Crisis
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Consumer Unawareness
Photograph by Brian Skerry

Thresher sharks in Mexico's Gulf of California will be sold locally for food; their fins will be cut off and likely shipped to Hong Kong, where shark-fin soup is a prized dish. The global fin trade alone claims an estimated 40 million sharks a year, devastating stocks of a fish that is generally slow growing and slow to reproduce. Many countries, including the U.S., Brazil, South Africa, and Australia, have banned shark-finning, but consumers' tastes have yet to change.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon D2X
Format: Digital
Lens: 16mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/100 @ f/9
Weather Conditions: Sunny, light winds
Time of Day: 11:05 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
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