|dc.description.abstract||Shark populations around the globe have seen precipitous declines due to human exploitation. The shark fin trade has been one of the primary drivers in these declines, a trade that operates to meet the demands for the Chinese delicacy, shark fin soup. Though there have been some marked declines in the market for shark fin in China, consumption has become increasingly globally widespread fueling an epidemic that continues to this day. Far too frequently statistics on shark fin being traded are nearly impossible to accurately quantify and there is a lack of knowledge of what species are being traded. Knowledge of the market for shark fin, and shark products is needed in order to properly assess what management measures are needed for shark populations, and for the commodities being traded. Results of this research highlight a high proportion of species of conservation concern in the Toronto area, indicating a need for improved management. Governance responses, such as regional or municipal bans have emerged as a means to address the shark fin trade in countries where limited action has been taken by higher levels of government. Though relatively little is known on the impacts that these bans have on shark fin importations, they still may provide a means of spreading awareness and stimulating action. This study analyzes the practicality and feasibility of a Toronto shark fin ban; the second largest hub for shark fin trade in Canada.
Keywords: Shark fin trade, municipal ban, DNA barcoding, Toronto, CITES, IUCN, conservation||en_US