Sea Life Arizona is raising awareness about shark finning during shark week

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins while the remainder of the living shark is discarded in the ocean.

Sharks returned to the ocean without their fins are often still alive. Unable to move effectively, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die of suffocation or are eaten by other predators.

Shark finning at sea enables fishing vessels to increase profitability and increase the number of sharks harvested, as they only have to store and transport the fins, by far the most profitable part of the shark.

Some countries have banned this practice and require the whole shark to be brought back to port before removing the fins.

Shark finning increased since 1997 largely due to the increasing demand for shark fins for shark fin soup and traditional cures, particularly in China and its territories. 

Sea Life Arizona at Arizona Mills Mall is trying to raise awareness about this issue and is accepting donations this week. With every donation, you can have a chance to dunk one of the employees from Sea Life in a dunk tank set up outside the mall.

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