Although sharks make up only a small percentage of the world's recorded
fish landings, they are extremely versatile and are a valuable resource.
They are of primary importance in some regions of the world, sustaining
important fisheries in several countries. Moreover, they are a cheap but
valuable source of protein for coastal communities dependent on
subsistence fisheries.Humans can utilse much of the carcass for food or
other uses.Sharks are exploited for their meat, fins, skin, teeth,
cartilage, liver and other internal organs. It is not possible to utilize
every shark for all these uses, as the methods of preservation and
preparation are often mutually exclusive and not all shark species are
suitable for all applications. This report details the species used and
the methods of preparation for the various purposes. It assembles
information, as well as the latest statistics available, from those parts
of the world where sharks are important economically as a substantial
fisheries sector, a contribution to human food or a valuable trading item.