Docu on Shark Tournament in Nova Scotia Canada

Thrill of the Catch – Trailer, uploaded by Jarrett Corke on 2nd April 2012 :

A film by Jarrett Corke, Brendal Davis and Aurelie Godin.

Shark Derbies are very controversial for some. Shark derbies in Nova Scotia are increasingly popular, yet many people are still not aware of these events. Almost all sharks caught in derbies are blue sharks, a species not currently threatened with extinction. While the impact of shark derbies on shark populations is not a conservation concern, these derbies provide significant socio-economic and educational value for the rural coastal communities in which they occur. The full length documentary will be released in the summer of 2012.


  1. This type of an event just does not justify the killing of sharks.

    All of the communities do catch them have similar claims. It is good for economy, coastal people and fisheries etc.

    There is no difference to fining , the end result is a dead shark. The claim is the same though, it is good for people.

    At the end it is all about money and feeding the hunger to hunt. It is a need for certain type of people.

    You can not argue or reason with them. Blue sharks are not endangered. So we can kill them…

    For me it is the same thing. It doesn’t matter if it is the shark hunter from Florida or derby people from NS.

    For the shark it is all the same. He just doesn’t care where he got caught and got killed and for what reason !

    He is dead just to make some people happy is hard to explain to the shark.

    • Rebait

      Many tournaments tag and release blue sharks, brown sharks, tiger sharks duskys and undersized porbeagles, threshers and makos. The information gained by these tags provides valuable scientific information for researchers. There is a major difference between these tournaments and “finning” (or “fining”- how you put it). #1 most sharks tagged and released by a boat determines the winner. #2 Any shark harvested is not dumped over the side of the boat at sea after having it’s fins cut off- they are disected at the dock by scientists and researchers and the meat (unlike fins, shark meat is a good source of nutrition) is either kept by the boats’ crew and eaten or donated to local foodbanks. #3 The very few sharks that have poor nutritional value that are killed and brought to the dock have to meet a minimum length or weight and those fish have scientific value. They aren’t killed indiscriminately for their fins in the dumb belief that these fins give a special flavor to soup that cannot be replicated like the Asian market and”finners” believe.  However, most people like you Angel, can’t be reasoned with. You should make yourself more knowledgeable about a topic before you indiscriminately slam it with erroneous information. 

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