Shawn Heinrichs, one of today’s premiere underwater photographers/cinematographers, was recently featured in one of HDNet‘s Dan Rather Reports segments titled, “All for a Bowl of Soup”. Shawn’s investigative report has produced one of the most disturbing, yet insightful looks yet into the Asian shark fin markets. The evidence captured on film gives viewers a perspective on the death and destruction of shark populations in a way that has likely never been seen before:
* hundreds of bags labeled as “Anchovies from Mexico” overflowing with shark fins
* 6,000-7,000 fins – one day’s haul in just one shop – being sorted, washed and dried
* sharks being finned alive on fishing vessels, then dumped back into the ocean to drown
* a “tuna fishery” that processed less than 100 tuna, yet thousands of sharks – which were caught “accidentally” as by-catch
* a finned nurse shark, still alive, slowly dying on a reef – within a marine sanctuary off Indonesia
If you wish to gain a new perspective on the horrors of shark finning and develop an understanding of the unsustainable destruction that shark populations are experiencing on a global level, then please watch the 7-minute video below (the full 30-minute segment can be downloaded from iTunes, search “Dan Rather: For a Bowl of soup”.