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Supporting Shark Conservation - Ecuador

August 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Shark finning, the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea, is one of the most barbaric practices in commercial fishing.

It is officially banned in Europe, but in the UK, commercial fishermen can obtain a special permit to do it, by just phoning up and asking for one.

Ecuador has some of the strongest protection measures for sharks in the world. It is one of the very few countries to ban targeted shark fishing and one of about 20 to ban finning, however, they have now legalized the sale of fins of sharks caught accidentally.

As there is no clear way to determine whether a shark was caught accidentally or intentionally, commercial interests appear to regard this as a green light to kill as many sharks as they want in Ecuador’s waters, and sell the fins while they can.

As we see strong worldwide opposition to finning to be an essential lever to get the UK to ban finning entirely, today we endorsed a letter to President Correa of Ecuador, asking him to try to ensure no targeted shark fishing takes place in the waters around the Galapogos and that the trading in shark fins should be subject to strict enforcement measures.

The full letter may be read here

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