Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Taiwan Shark Finning Ban: Not Enough


Hat tip to DaShark in Fiji:
Taiwan has recently announced that they want to ban shark finning (the practice of removing a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea).

I was under-impressed then and having recently discovered the sheer scope of Taiwan's declared Shark "bycatch" in the WCPFC, I'm even less impressed now. Having depleted their own seas, Taiwan's appalling distant-water fleets scour the global oceans and the Shark fins (certainly NOT the meat and skin!) are offloaded in distant ports and then airlifted home.

That's where the massacre happens and I very much doubt than any Taiwanese fins-attached policy will be enforced that far from home. Plus, legislation like that is archaic and comes much too late for any endangered Shark species, the more as it has become painfully evident that most countries simply lack the resources, and the political will for ever monitoring and enforcing those rules.

What is required now are fishing bans, not band-aid solutions.

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