Chinese know little about shark conservation – study

More people in China would like to protect the world's dwindling shark population, but there is little understanding about the connection between conservation and shark finning, Reuters reported a survey as saying on Thursday.
Shark fin is traditionally served at Chinese wedding banquets and occasions when the host wants to impress guests with expensive and unusual dishes. Some also believe it is good for health.
The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation estimates 100 million sharks are caught each year, though experts say the real figure could be twice that, leading to a dramatic drop in the populations of some species.
"If you can stop people consuming shark fin soup, it would relieve a huge pressure on the species," Steve Trent, president of conservation group WildAid, told Reuters at the unveiling of the survey.