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

A new San Francisco startup called New Wave Foods wants to fight the worldwide trade in shark fins with the use of genetically modified yeast to produce collagen, which can be crafted into the desired fan-like structure typical of shark fins. Could that be the alternative for the destructive tradeContinue 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

SAN FRANCISCO (USA)- California’s ban on possession or sale of shark fins still stands. A federal judge upheld the ban, rejecting claims that the law discriminates against the Chinese community in the state. Shark fin soup is a traditional delicacy in this community. Also the claim of interfering with federalContinue 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