New Zealand bans shark finning

2014-08-20 10:33
A dead Blacktip reef shark lies in the shallows where fishermen through the carcass after taking the animal's fins. The fins will be sold for soup in Asia.

A dead Blacktip reef shark lies in the shallows where fishermen through the carcass after taking the animal's fins. The fins will be sold for soup in Asia. (Shutterstock)

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Wellington - New Zealand is banning the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts says is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.

New Zealand's Conservation Minister Nick Smith said on Wednesday that the move will reinforce the country's reputation for sustainability and environmental protection.

The new rules, effective in October, will make it illegal to remove fins from dead sharks and dump the carcasses at sea. It was already illegal in New Zealand to remove fins from live sharks.

Shark fin soup is considered a delicacy by some in China. But the practice of shark finning has been condemned by many environmentalists as inhumane and wasteful.

Pew estimates at least 100 million sharks are caught commercially each year, threatening the survival of some species.

Read more on:    new zealand  |  china  |  marine life  |  conservation

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