Thursday, November 7, 2013

Shark Finners Skirt Law to Maximize Fin Haul

Shark finners are using a new tactic to skirt current Costa Rican finning laws.

According to an INTERPOL news release, Costa Rican fishermen have found what they perceive to be a workaround regarding the current law which requires that all fins be 'naturally attached to the body" when landed.  Some fishermen are now basically stripping the sharks down to skeletal remains and then keeping the fins barely attached to the spinal column thus, in their minds, keeping the fins attached to the body.

By stripping the majority of the shark's bulk at sea, the fishermen are able to fin at a much higher rate because they don't have to use up space storing the entire shark.
Details of the case, which were identified by the Costa Rican National Coast Guard, were presented by the head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in San José, during the second INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group meeting which opened in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, 4 November."

The head of the NCB states, "I strongly believe that international cooperation...allow us to provide a more coordinated and effective response to addressing fisheries issues.”

Hopefully they move expeditiously to close this perceived loophole and bring this destructive and wasteful practice to a quick end.

Photo provided by INTERPOL
Hat tip to Wildlife News.