I have loved watching the BBC South Pacific documentary but last night's final programme was truly depressing. It showed the precarious state of the ocean's fish stocks and the overfishing that was taking place. I have long known about the complete waste of an animal's life for its fins, and we have photos of fished sharks - but seeing those amazing sharks being killed (sometimes), finned and then chucked back into the ocean, made me sick - I can't believe the trade continues and in such quantities. Lets hope that programmes like these, raise awareness and this stops - soon and the South Pacific is designated a protected area.
Ecoscene has a selection of images showing shark fishing such as this dead shark (copyright Luc Hosten) washed up on a beach with a fishing line in its mouth.