Photos reveal shark fishing

2011-10-19 13:29

Washington - A US-based environmental group on Wednesday expressed concern over new photos that seem to show the killing of large numbers of "biologically vulnerable" sharks by fishermen in Taiwan.

The Pew Environment Group posted several photos on its website showing dozens of gutted sharks being unloaded from trucks and lined up on the ground, as well as huge piles of fins on the floor of a warehouse.

"These images present a snapshot of the immense scale of shark-fishing operations and show the devastation resulting from the lack of science-based management of sharks," said Matt Rand, the group's shark specialist.

"Unfortunately, since there are no limits on the number of these animals that can be killed in the open ocean, this activity can continue unabated."

Taiwan announced plans in July to tighten measures against hunting sharks for their fins - a delicacy in Chinese cuisine - and have barred fishermen from tossing sharks back into the water to die after sawing their fins off.

A Pew report from January listed Taiwan as having the fourth largest number of reported shark catches in the world - after Indonesia, India and Spain - with the four accounting for more than 35% of the global total.

The group estimates that up to 73 million sharks are killed annually to support a global trade in fins, and has warned that the rapid depletion of shark populations threatens entire ocean ecosystems.

"This strip-mining of the world's sharks is clearly unsustainable, and governments need to act now if these predators are to swim the world's oceans in the future," said Rand.

The photos can be viewed at here.

  • Ann - 2011-10-19 14:23

    This is despicable - the Asian continent seems to be involved in some really scandalous activity. They are particularly cruel to animals and mammals in their pursuit of gratification, greed and belief systems that generally prove to be without substance. A blood-thirsty lot indeed!!!

  • marike.bosman - 2011-10-19 15:15

    I pray that God will intervene in this cruelty by Taiwan and China! They are destroying our ocean life by killing innocent animals like whales, dolphins and sharks and what about our rhino's! Enough is enough!

  • dolf.claassen - 2011-10-19 17:36

    Not being funny or do they wonder why they are pummeld by tsunami's,earthquakes and monsoon rains!!!

  • John - 2011-11-21 18:15

    These little people will eat anything they can possibly get down their necks. Unfortunately, they seem to have this general idea that the more the animal suffers in the process, the better it tastes. I have seen absolutely horrific video footage from just about all corners of the area. It is absolutely atrocious to say the very least. And MarikeXoX, surely if God existed, he would have interfered long ago, wouldn't he?

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