PUERTO LOPEZ (ECUADOR)- Ecuador and Honduras are the only Latin American countries that have officially outlawed the practice, winning them plaudits for their efforts to protect endangered sharks. Mexico announced plans to ban all shark fishing starting next year. Still the Ecuadorian law allows fishermen who accidentally catch sharks in their nets to sell them, without any methods to determine whether the sharks were netted on purpose. What this loophole can do show the pictures in the article of the Global Post.
The loophole, created in 2007, has inadvertently created a quasi-legal market for shark meat. Since then, the number of sharks that have been caught and killed has spiked. The number of pounds of shark meat sold in Ecuador increased by more than 80 percent 2007 to last year, according to government figures.