Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium his hosting their first annual Fin-A-Thon, to help raise awareness about shark finning. This event will be held on August 8th, 2014 at the Henlsey Aquatic Center in Independence, Miossouri. They will send all proceeeds to WildAid to assist them in their shark fin demand reduction campaigns.
Shark finning is the trade practice where fishermen capture sharks, cut off their fins and throw the rest of the body into the ocean, leading them to a certain death. Shark species around the world have experienced dramatic population declines in the past 30 to 40 years due to the growth in demand for their fins for a soup, considered a delicacy in China. The fins of up to 73 million sharks are killed annually just for their fins, often via this cruel practice of ‘finning’.
To help protect the sharks from this cruel practice that fuels the unsustainable shark fin trade, we are asking interested participants to form a group of five friends and raise a minimum of $250 collectively. To register a team, please visit SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City’s website and bring the collected money to the event. The group who raises the most money will receive a grand prize. During the Fin-A-Thon, we will collectively swim 50 miles, the same amount of miles a Blacktip Reef Shark swims in one day.