The practice is damaging shark populations, with numbers drastically declining around the world. While blue sharks make up the majority, many other species are also targeted including the endangered scalloped hammerhead and the smooth hammerhead.
Shark fin soup is a cultural dish in Hong Kong, dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). But in recent years there has been growing public awareness of the shark fin trade and the need for conservation management.
Most of the fins come from blue sharks, seen here swimming in the cool waters of the Azores, Atlantic ocean.
Article Source: The Guardian (full story here)