Shark Reef

About This Episode

Carl Safina travels to Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize. Encompassing an entire Caribbean coral atoll, the reserve allows fishing but bans long lines and nets -- the methods most lethal to sharks. A team of researchers has found that as a result sharks are thriving at Glover’s Reef.

Safina catches, tags, and releases sharks, and dives to check out shark detection instruments installed around the atoll. Then in the Belize City fish market he finds bags of dried shark fins. The huge global fin trade -- to make shark fin soup -- is driving many shark species to extinction, but Safina finds hope in the idea of marine reserves, and in changing consumer tastes in China. Can these factors combine to give sharks a future?