I'm back from Papua New Guinea, and finally downloaded and watched "[All for a Bowl of Soup](http://www.hd.net/blogs/all-for-a-bowl-of-soup-january-24-2012/)," an episode of [*Dan Rather Reports*](http://www.hd.net/programs/danrather/) which aired Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8pm ET on HDNet (strangely, I had to watch iTunes' SD version of "HD"Net). "All for a Bowl of Soup" is the most no-nonsense piece I've seen about the global shark finning problem. It combines facts with awe-inspiring footage of thousands of shark fins being pulled into a single fisheries facility in a single day.
The show features my friend, [Shawn Heinrichs](http://www.bluespheremedia.com/bio.html), and a significant amount of his investigative footage showing huge numbers of shark fins in processing facilities, as well as footage of a live, finned shark suffocating to death. It also includes about a minute of my shark footage shot in the wild.
"All for a Bowl of Soup" hatched as a plan between me and [Derek Reich](http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=23216717), a freelance cameraman who does a lot of work with HDNet. We had been talking about it for awhile, but finally hashed out a proposal when we happened to both be [stranded in New York](http://www.flickr.com/photos/echeng/sets/72157627542213380/with/6090913201/) during Hurricane Irene last year.
If you have half an hour to spare, please [download and watch "All for a Bowl of Soup" from iTunes](http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/dan-rather-reports-season-7/id485436827). If you are moved by the piece, please [donate to Shark Savers](http://sharksavers.org/)—my conservation organization of choice—or to your chosen shark conservation organization, and spread the word![^1]
[^1]: Disclaimer: I am on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers