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.
(10 December 2020) – New assessments by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released today show 316 chondrichthyan species – sharks, rays and skates, and chimaeras – are now threatened with extinction.Continue Reading
This year’s annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), a regional fisheries management body responsible for tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean, concluded on 6 November 2020 with no new conservation or management measures adopted for sharks and rays.Continue Reading
WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue report calls for cameras on fishing boats to monitor and protect marine wildlife.Continue Reading