A large female tiger shark circles a group of divers at a popular dive-tourism site in the Bahamas known as Tiger Beach. Researchers at the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre say protecting sharks would lead to a big economic payoff. (Jim Abernethy/University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science )
Canada poised to pass two historic animal rights bills
One type of shark fin soup, a status symbol in Asian communities. A single bowl can cost around $100 in N. America. (Kin Cheung/The Associated Press)
It is currently the third largest importer of shark fins outside Asia, trailing only China and Hong Kong.
Last year, Canada imported over 148,000 kilograms of shark fins, worth an estimated $3.2 million.
Qila, a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium, receives a freshly prepared herring from trainer Katie Becker. A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada has passed the Commons fisheries committee and is set for a final debate and vote. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
In 2018 world-wide, 73 million sharks were slaughtered.