Species Covered in this Field Guide: This field guide focuses on identifying unprocessed first dorsal fins and paired pectoral fins from the following nine commercially-exploited, large-bodied, globally distributed species that are traded internationally in large numbers for their fins
Easily Identified by their first dorsal and pectoral fins:
Oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus)
Porbeagle (Lamna nasus)
Scalloped, Great and Smooth hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini, S. mokarran, S. zygaena)
Silky (Carcharhinus falciformis)
Easily Identified by their pectoral fins:
- Bigeye, Common and Pelagic threshers (Alopias superciliosus, A. vulpinus, A. pelagicus)
This Shark fin ID Field Guide is available in the following languages for download:
Three steps to using this field guide:
Step 1: Distinguish the highly-valued fin types: first dorsal fins and pectoral fins from lower caudal lobes. If it is a dorsal fin, proceed to Step 2. If it is a pectoral fin, proceed to Step 3.
Step 2: Distinguish oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, hammerhead, and silky first dorsal fins from non-CITES listed species using the flowchart in the guide.
Step 3: Distinguish oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, hammerhead, silky and thresher shark pectoral fins from non-CITES listed species using the flowchart in the guide.