Some studies suggest that 73 million sharks are finned each year, but other estimates put the number closer to 100 million. Photo: Getty Images
Some studies suggest that 73 million sharks are finned each year, but other estimates put the number closer to 100 million. Photo: Getty Images

Why is the shark-fin trade buoyant while Covid-19 sinks the global economy?

  • Record-breaking seizures of smuggled fins show that a growing appetite from Asia is taking a toll on underwater ecosystems and fishing communities
  • In Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of shark products, many who have lost work amid the pandemic have been forced back into the industry

Some studies suggest that 73 million sharks are finned each year, but other estimates put the number closer to 100 million. Photo: Getty Images
Some studies suggest that 73 million sharks are finned each year, but other estimates put the number closer to 100 million. Photo: Getty Images
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