Thesis Of Shark Culling

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Shark Culling

Specific Purpose Statement: To explore the topic of shark culling, specifically finning sharks and shark bans in relation to its environmental, economic and cultural impact on the surrounding communities.
Thesis: After being educated on the measures being taken to end shark culling, I would like to explore the culture, economic affect and shark prevention programs to better understand the impact that all of the policies create in their respective environments.
(Attention-Getter) By a show of hands how many of you guys are afraid of sharks?
How many of you guys are afraid of sharks where you're at the beach?
(Reveal topic and relate to audience) As global consumers of ocean products (be it seafood or not) and visitors
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How Sharks are Culled
First Culling is specifically reducing the population of a wild animal by selective slaughter. (Webster) Examples of this would be deer hunting with the goal of population control or killing specific species of sharks because of perceived aggression.
Sharks are massively culled in two specific ways; finning and with baited drumlines.
Indicated by the name, finning is the act of removing a shark’s fins. However shark finning can be done in 2 very different ways.
Firstly the not all sharks that make shark fin soup are caught illegally, some sharks are allowed to be caught but illegal shark finning occurs when fisherman cut fins off live sharks and dump their bodies into the open ocean to avoid declaring the full animal at port and surpassing fishing quotas. (National
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(National Geographic) The legal way involves catching the sharks as bycatch or in smaller numbers to use the entire shark for meat, including the fins. Meat from these sharks are commonly used in fish and chips, shark specific foods, and shark fin soup in the places where it is legal. The US is a country that practices this due to laws such as 2010 shark conservation act that specifically say the sharks must still have their fins attached when they come to shore.

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