MACAU (CHINA)- Shark fin re-exports from Hong Kong to Macau rose a staggering 62 per cent in 2016. This is the first time re-exports to Macau exceeded those to mainland China. Where the re-export was 88,029 kilos in 2015 last year these were 143,396 kilos, says World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).  According toContinue Reading

SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA)- Conservation groups Turtle Island Restoration Network and PRETOMA have found evidence that Costa Rica is exporting hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil. Eastern Pacific Scalloped hammerhead sharks are listed as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The exportContinue Reading

SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA)- Inspectors from the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) of Costa Rica found a large amount of shark fins from protected species among air cargo that was to be exported to Hong Kong. The illegal fins were found in a sample inspection of three sacks of shark fins to beContinue Reading

CAPE TOWN (SOUTH AFRICA)- Up to 24 countries may be catching sharks in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea but failing to report these catches, as is legally required by the Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). A new report by Oceana revealed these secret catches, based onContinue Reading

HONG KONG (CHINA)- The pressure is on. Last weekend the government of Hong Kong officially declared it would stop serving shark fin at official functions as “a good example,” following years of lobbying by conservation groups. The southern Chinese city is one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fin,Continue Reading

HONG KONG (CHINA)- Good news for sharks worldwide. The shark fin trade is on its way back. The world’s biggest hub in shark fin trade, Hong Kong, has seen its imports drop by 30 procent in the past year.  Hong Kong imported 1,162 tons of shark fins in 2012, accordingContinue Reading