Taiwan will impose a ban next year on shark finning, the practice of removing the fins from sharks and throwing the bodies back into the sea, the Fisheries Agency said yesterday. Taiwan will be the first Asian country to introduce the regulation that will require fishermen to unload the shark fins and bodies simultaneously, said Tsay Tzu-yaw, deputy director-general of the Fisheries Agency.
Violators could face heavy fines or suspension of their fishing licenses, he said.
The new regulation is currently being implemented on a trial basis at several ports in Taiwan, Tsay said. Shark fin is a delicacy in local cuisine.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Pew Environment Group released photos and videos on its website of shark fishing in Taiwan. The group listed Taiwan as one of the countries that overfish sharks and called for action to protect depleted shark species.
Pew said Taiwan has the fourth-largest shark catches in the world after Indonesia, India and Spain. The four countries accounted for more than 35 percent of the total shark catches in the world, it said.
Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year to satisfy the demand in shark fin trade, said Pew, adding that 30 percent of the shark populations around the world are threatened or near threatened with extinction.
As the article points out, it isn't banning the shark fins all together, but rather the practice where fishermen sever the fins off live fish and then dump them back in the water alive, dirtying the water and creating all sorts of humane problems.
Just an interesting story I suppose. Guess this could also be a springboard for discussions into other means of meat processing.
Nice. Fishing, especially in international waters, seems to be out of control, as is the pollution of the oceans with waste that might end up in the food chain.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
Good. If you're going to kill an animal, wasting that much of it is irresponsible and wrong.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
20th November 2007
The article doesn't seem to specify weather this means they're simply required to take the whole shark, or weather it means shark catching will be illegal.
MrFancypants;5577606Nice. Fishing, especially in international waters, seems to be out of control, as is the pollution of the oceans with waste that might end up in the food chain.
There's already a fair amount of waste entering the food chain in the form of mercury contamination. From my understanding the higher the animal is on the food chain, the greater the amount of mercury contamination due to bioamplification. Shark, dolphin, even tuna have fairly large amounts of mercury in them and are not really safe to eat in large quantities.
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This means they won't hunt for those sharks. And now the sharks will stay in Taiwan waters than in Japan.
Taiwan will be the first Asian country to introduce the regulation that will require fishermen to unload the shark fins and bodies simultaneously, said Tsay Tzu-yaw, deputy director-general of the Fisheries Agency.
If I have interpreted this correctly it still does not 100% solve the issue, please correct me if wong :)
Granyaski;5578078If I have interpreted this correctly it still does not 100% solve the issue, please correct me if wong :)
Like I and others have pointed out it won't end harvesting - that would be another issue all together. What this does is forbid dumping carcasses in the water, but bring it all back to port and process/ dispose there.
I suppose any step forward is still a step forward.