Backyard & Beyond: Rhode Island aids cause, bans shark fin trading

The Independent on Jul 16, 2016

Backyard & Beyond: Rhode Island aids cause, bans shark fin trading

Brad Wetherbee, a shark researcher at the University of Rhode Island, said about 70 million sharks die each year from having their fins sliced off to meet the demand for shark fin soup. The reportedly tasteless delicacy is served primarily at weddings and other celebrations in China and at Chinese restaurants in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“It’s the biggest issue in the world that sharks face,” Wetherbee said. “If you could do away with one thing to benefit sharks, it would be finning.”