Social, Economic, and Regulatory Drivers of the Shark Fin Trade

  title={Social, Economic, and Regulatory Drivers of the Shark Fin Trade},
  author={Shelley C. Clarke and E. J. Milner‐Gulland and Trond Bj{\o}rndal},
  journal={Marine Resource Economics},
  pages={305 - 327}
The demand for shark fins is arguably the most important determinant of the fate of shark populations around the world. This paper examines the role that social and economic factors in China play in driving the trade both historically and under current trends of economic growth. The use of shark fin as a traditional and socially important luxury food item, along with rapidly expanding consumer purchasing power is expected to place increasing pressure on available resources. At the same time… 

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