By Lauren Smith

Sharks’ reputation as fearsome predators means that it can be difficult to convince the public of the urgent need for conservation

As a marine biologist specialising in shark research, I’m passionate about all aspects of shark conservation. What many people don’t realise is that shark conservation issues exist within the UK – typically warmer, more tropical waters are brought to mind when thinking of sharks.

Think again, though: at least 21 species of shark are commonly found in British waters. Unfortunately, however, sharks – primarily their fins – are also found in UK restaurants, adding to the threat facing many shark species, including those already considered endangered.