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A fisherman holds up a shark fin in a market in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. According to The Guardian newspaper, “Indonesia catches on average 109,000 tonnes of shark per year, giving it the dubious distinction of being the world’s biggest shark fishery.” Unregulated trade in the fishing industry in this region of the world is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Science Daily reports, "About half of the world's 1,200 species of sharks and rays are listed as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (@redlist_of_ecosystems) including 20 that may not be traded internationally . . . . A majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold around the globe for traditional medicines come from endangered species." Image by Sean Gallagher. Indonesia.

A fisherman holds up a shark fin in a market in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Unregulated trade in the fishing industry in this region of the world is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Image by Sean Gallagher. Indonesia, 2013.