The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

Pacific sharks disappearing into soup: Study


PARIS (AFP) - Pacific stocks of the oceanic whitetip shark, a favourite of fin soup enthusiasts, sank by as much as 17 per cent a year between 1995 and 2010 despite catch and finning limits, a study said on Wednesday.

And the north Pacific blue shark, also sought after by Asian chefs, showed a worrying population decline of about five percent per year, according to the research published in the journal Conservation Biology.

Using data collected by onboard observers of catches in the western and central Pacific over a 15-year period, the study also revealed a decline in shark size - a key indicator of overfishing.

"These results... heighten concerns for the sustainability of Pacific shark populations," said a statement.