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Hark! Save the Sharks

World Wildlife Fund Indonesia Calls for Boycott on the Consumption of Shark’s Fins and Shark Products

(5/11/2013) The World Wildlife Fund Indonesia (WWF-Indonesia) is asking the public not to consume sharks’ fins and other shark products via a campaign titled “SOSharks” or “Save Our Sharks.”

According to MetroTV News, WWF Indonesia have declared that sharks are an endangered species.

“Of the 400 species of sharks in the world, nearly 180 were considered to be endangered in 2010. This is a dramatic increase in comparison to 1996 when only 15 species of shark were considered endangered,” said Bycatch Coordinator at WWF Indonesia Ahmad Hafizh Adyas in Jakarta on April 10, 2013.

Hafizh also quoted data from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) that depicts Indonesia as among the top 20 nations harvesting sharks form the oceans.

The FAO estimates that 100 million sharks are killed each year by man.

WWF Indonesia hopes that the Save Our Sharks campaign will help end the trade of shark fins and other products in supermarkets, shops, hotels and restaurants in Indonesia - seen as a necessary step to preserving the shark population.

Bali has a number of shops – many catering to Chinese visitors – selling shark fin products. A number of Chinese restaurants in Bali also continue to serve shark’s fin on their menu.