Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Shark finning refers to the practice of catching a shark and cutting off its fins, then throwing the shark back into the ocean, where it starves to death, is eaten by other fish, or dies from suffocation and blood loss. Over the recent years, the practice of shark finning has become became a multi-billion dollar industry, due to the increasing demand for shark fins, triggered by improved fishing technology and improved market economics. Shark fins are known as the principal component used in shark fin soup – an Asian delicacy, served at banquets, business meetings and other important occasions in China. According to shark specialists, more than 100 million sharks are killed for their fins, annually, challenging all principles of sustainable shark fisheries management and conservation.