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Ocean Realm Society Aims to Stop Shark Product Trading

The Ocean Realm Society will join an email campaign opposing the business practice of the online trader to allow the posting of shark parts wanted for purchase.

According to the company web site, Corporation is China’s leading e-commerce company, operating the world’s largest online marketplaces for both international and domestic China trade, as well as China’s most popular online payment system, AliPay. also owns and operates Yahoo! China, which it acquired in October of 2005.

According to founder Richard H. Stewart, the Ocean Realm Society will enthusiastically support an email write-in campaign initiated by noted underwater photographer Wolfgang Leander, who currently resides in Bolivia. Leander’s ‘shark-finning’ story is featured in the current edition of the Ocean Realm Journal, the society’s publication for which he servers as a contributing editor.

“We are asking our members,” said Stewart, “as well as those of other environmentally-oriented organizations, to express their outrage. This irresponsible action by provides shark traders a method to buy and sell shark body parts.”

A recent search on the Alibaba website turned up 71 postings by 335 companies listing 169 shark-related products. This type of business platform serves only to fuel the senseless slaughter of sharks, said Leander, further decimating a population that, by some accounts, is being reduced at the rate of one hundred million sharks per year.

“Eliminating demand is the only effective method for disrupting the supply line,” said Stewart. “This effort to convince that it’s website contributes to a global problem, could have a positive effect.”

To see the scope of global shark buying visit

To see management visit .

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To voice your concerns about shark trade postings visit their website.

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.