Hammerhead on endangered list

Date: 1/4/2008

The scalloped hammerhead shark will be placed on the World Conservation Union’s Red List of threatened species under the heading ‘globally endangered’ in 2008 (one step below the highest rating of ‘critically endangered’). With 233 types of shark currently on the Red List, 12 are considered ‘critically endangered’. Nine others will join these 12 including the common thresher, shortfin, mako, tiger and bull shark. Sharks are not only caught accidentally on long lines laid out for tuna and swordfish, or swept up by bottom trawlers but are also deliberately targeted largely to satisfy China’s increasing appetite for shark fin soup. Between 26 -73 million sharks pass through Hong Kong’s food market annually.

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