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Overfishing of sharks and their close relatives skates and rays across the globe has in recent decades led to sharp declines in shark numbers. Some species have been reduced by more than 80 percent. Much of that reduction is tied to the international trade in shark fins. The fins of as many as 70 million sharks end up in the coveted Asian delicacy shark fin soup each year. At the same time, some of the most heavily fished sharks and closely related skates and rays are prized primarily for their meat.
With the Honduran declaration of its entire maritime waters as a shark sanctuary, the President provides legal protection to sharks.
A bill in California banning the trade of shark fins has passed, raising controversy in California’s Asian community. The group is the largest consumer of shark fins outside of Asia, and the fins are an ingredient in a soup many consider a delicacy.