Many elasmobranchs are directly targeted for fishing. The IUCN estimates that 16% of species are targeted for subsistence fishing (small scale) while 12% are targeted by commercial fisheries.
One of the main direct fishing pressures is shark finning. This is the practice of catching sharks purely to cut off their fins to sell to China, where the fins are boiled down to make shark fin soup - a prized delicacy in Chinese culture. It is estimated that 191 sharks are killed every 60 seconds for their fins.
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