Here at Greenpeace, we’ll take any excuse to talk about how amazing sharks are. And we particularly love any opportunity to talk about how violent and threatening sharks are not — despite what Hollywood might lead you to believe.
Discovery Channel’s #SharkWeek is one of these opportunities. So this Shark Week, let’s set the record straight — we have way more reason to protect sharks than reason to fear them.
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Unsustainable and exploitative fishing — particularly industrial tuna fishing — is responsible for the death of thousands of sharks each year. Not only are sharks pulled in as bycatch by tuna longliners, they’re also the indirect victims of the industry’s abusive labor practices. Many tuna fishermen have no choice but to slice the fins off the sharks and sell them on the black market to make up for the meager or non-existent wages offered by greedy fishing operators.