What is shark finning...?
It is the gruesome practice of cutting off a live shark’s fins and throwing the rest of the animal back into the sea, where it dies a slow and painful death. The fins are used in China and Hong Kong, and by Chinese communities elsewhere in the world, as the key ingredient in shark-fin soup.
what can we do...?
One of CICI's long term goals is to make the Conflict Islands a sanctuary and Marine Protected area, a safe haven for all those threatened and endangered species that inhabitat its coastal and surrounding waters.
Many people fear sharks and don’t care whether they survive or not. But, ecologically, as top predators their disappearance will disrupt entire ocean ecosystems. Economically, they are worth more alive than dead – in contrast to the short-lived profits of shark finning, shark diving has become a sustainable, multi-million dollar business.
Scientifically, medical researchers want to learn how shark wounds heal so quickly and how they seem to be resistant to cancer.