Our Sharkulator methodology behind the tool is based on six calculation steps, starting from the number of bowls of shark fin soup, through key product and weight conversions, to a live shark equivalent. The methodology focuses on producing an estimate for blue shark (Prionace glauca) as it is by far the most abundant species in the global shark fin trade.
We have also applied product data from Hong Kong, which was collected during a dedicated research project conducted by WWF-Hong Kong in 2011. Hong Kong is not only world’s largest shark fin trade hub but also one of the largest consumers of shark fin per capita.
The intention of WWF Sharkulator is to provide science-based conversion estimates, primarily for public communications around shark fin demand reduction, and potentially for monitoring of impact, rather than for management or regulatory purposes where a higher degree of accuracy may be required. As better data becomes available, incorporating those into the conversion process may allow for increased accuracy and representativeness of the conversion estimates, and thus an expanded range of application.
Want to find out more about why and how we developed the WWF Sharkulator? Click on the button below to read the latest blog by Dr. Andy Cornish sharing the-behind-of-scenes of our Sharkulator journey.
Since the start of WWF-Pakistan’s observer programme in 2012, a total of 110 whale sharks have been safely released by trained fishermen. This conservation win for the species was mainly achieved thanks to capacity building, especially training in safe handling and release practices, and an awareness campaign among the local fishers.See WWF-Pakistan Press Release
Every year, 30 August marks the international Whale Shark Day. In Tanzania this day brought some good news with the increase of whale shark numbers from 100 individuals in 2012 to 206 in December 2019.See WWF-Tanzania Press Release
WWF-Philippines has identified 19 new individual whale sharks in the waters of Ticao-Burias Pass Protected Seascape (TBPPS) since the start of 2020.See WWF-Philippines Press Release