BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)- Since february a group of citizens from across Europe united to demand the end of the shark fin trade in the European Union (EU) and increase the protection of sharks. The European Commission announced an extension of this Citizen´s Initiative called Stop Finning by 6 months. This comes in response
HONG KONG- Hong Kong Customs detected two smuggling cases of scheduled dried shark fins at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on April 28 and May 4. About 13 tonnes of suspected scheduled dried shark fins of endangered species were seized in each case, with an estimated market value
HONG KONG- For the first time, researchers have traced the origins of shark fins from the retail market in Hong Kong back to the location where the sharks were first caught. Great news! This will allow researchers to identify “high-risk” supply chains for illegal trade and better enforce international trade regulations.
AMSTERDAM (The Netherlands)- Fishermen from Spain and Portugal catch 25,000 endangered mako sharks per year in the North Atlantic, according to an analysis by Greenpeace International. The environmental organization has been tracking swordfishing industry. For every swordfish four sharks are being caught in the area. Activists from Greenpeace International confronted
SCHIPHOL AIRPORT (The Netherlands)- Dutch customs officers intercepted a cargo of 217 kilos of dried shark fins on its way from Cuba to Hong Kong. Research shows that the fins are from protected species such as the Silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) and Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran). These two species are
Since 2015 the export of shark fins has been banned in India, thanks to the good work of Humane Society International/India and People for Animals. Petitioners sought to have the ban lifted and appealed to the Kerala High Court, claiming the ban affected “their fundamental right to trade. Last week