Sharks Closer To Extinction Because Of Commercial Killing

SharksAccording to a recent study, sharks are nearing the verge of extinction caused greatly by the commercial killing. The study published in the Journal Marine policy asserted that over 100 million sharks were killed every year on an average on commercial basis. The estimates made by the Canadian and American Researchers found the number of animals slaughtered were quite high than any other studies carried out previously.

International convention to discuss the issues emerged over shark killing will be held in Bangkok on Monday. It is learnt that these animals take many years to become mature sexually and reproduce. They are generally targeted for their fins.

The research derived its results from over 100 papers. It also asserted that in spite of a large number of efforts to shark killing, it declined very slightly between 2000 and 2010. The delegates from across the globe will discuss over the problem at Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

"The number of sharks being killed is too high. There's an opportunity at CITES to do something to help shark species", said Elizabeth Wilson, the Manager of global shark conservation at the Pew Environment Group. The species that are at the highest risk of extinction are oceanic whitetip, porbeagle and three types of hammerhead sharks.