SAV­ING SHARKS

Since 2000 Michael has been cam­paign ing to pro­tect sharks, es­pe­cially in south­east Asia and China, BY lobby ing against eat­ing shark fin soup…

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How ef­fec­tive is the cam­paign from your point of view?

Num­bers have dropped, for sure. In the last few years, in Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore, there’s been a 50 per cent drop in the im­port of shark fins. That is a very dra­matic drop, but be­cause the in­dus­try is so big – you’re talk­ing about 100,000 tons – a typ­i­cal shark fin restau­rant in Sin­ga­pore can sell about one ton of shark fins a week. For one ton of shark fins, you’re talk­ing about 2000 sharks.

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