Friday, June 1, 2012

Burn Baby Burn

Photo Credit: Javier Maradiaga
The Pew Environment Group posted today video of authorities in Honduras burning confiscated illegal shark fins.  There are also a number of photos posted to Facebook.  From the release:
One year after President Porfirio Lobo Sosa created a permanent shark sanctuary in Honduran waters, he joined the country’s top law enforcement officials today to watch the burning of hundreds of illegal shark fins. These confiscated fins, worth up to $300 per pound ($700 per kg) in the global marketplace, were destroyed as part of ongoing efforts by authorities to enforce shark protections in Honduras.

“Unfortunately there are few limits on the number of sharks that can be killed beyond the borders of our sanctuary, but we are committed to putting a stop to this activity in Honduras,” Lobo said. “These animals play an important role in maintaining healthy coastal areas, our fisheries are dependent upon them, and they provide revenue by bringing tourists and divers to Honduras to see sharks. They are worth far more alive than dead.”  
Shark Defenders offers congrats and thanks to the leaders and people of Honduras for taking such strong measures to protect our sharks.

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