CSI shark edition: revealing illegal trade with DNA

Laubenstein, Taryn D. (2018) CSI shark edition: revealing illegal trade with DNA. Conservation Physiology, 6 (1).

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Abstract

[Extract] Imagine you are a fisheries enforcement officer in Brazil. Your job is to monitor the capture and trade of fish, ensuring that fishers adhere to laws on overfishing and threatened species. But you have a thorn in your side: illegal trading of sharks. Once passed over for other, more familiar fishes, sharks have become a major target thanks to the demand for shark fins in Asian countries to make shark fin soup. A shark fin weighing 1 kilogram could sell for $1000 USD in China, making it a lucrative target for fishers. Harvesting of sharks has sky rocketed, and many shark species, hampered by low fertility and late sexual maturity, have experienced drastic population declines. Governments and international organizations have recognized the severity of these declines, and consequently categorized a number of species as 'endangered' and banned their harvest.

Item ID: 56410
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 2051-1434
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press and the Society for Experimental Biology.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 09:31
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830204 Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 100%
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