Fighting shark fin crime with DNA analysis

This video says about itself:

Shark Crimes: How DNA Helps Fight Fin Trade | One Minute Dive with Pew

18 May 2015

Humans kill some 100 million sharks annually, largely for shark fin soup. Some shark species, like the oceanic whitetip, have declined up to 99 percent.

To find out how new trade restrictions are affecting the global shark fin trade, shark geneticist Demian Chapman is using DNA to get an accurate picture of how they’re caught and traded, as well as the role they play in our oceans.

“The same techniques that are used for solving crimes,” said Chapman, a Pew marine fellow, “are the exact same ones we use to solve crimes involving wildlife.”

For more information on Chapman’s shark work, visit here.

5 thoughts on “Fighting shark fin crime with DNA analysis

  1. Hard to believe the fin soup trade can be so cruel, I think these people are just unaware of what they are doing, I cannot say the Western Allies are any better with military and the cruelty of atrocities of war, often the suffering extends to the innocent.
    People such as Tony Abbott is just as bad who although well educated is as deluded just the same, they just cannot help it? its their cultural self identification impregnated by the ritual of becoming a mature adult, as to what is normal is that becomes the curse.


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