Authorities seize record 26 tons of illegal shark fins in Hong Kong

Customs officials in Hong Kong have seized 26 tons of shark fins from an estimated 38,500 sharks classified as vulnerable and protected species — the biggest shipment ever to be intercepted in the region, according to a press release published May 6. This is more than double the amount of all fins seized in 31 shipments in Hong Kong in 2019, which totaled 12 tons.

Mongabay

Last updated on 08 May 2020

Type: 
Media Watch
Region: 
Asia
Threats: 
Unsustainable fishing and harvesting aquatic resources
Illegal trade
Species: 
Alopias pelagicus
Alopias superciliosus
Alopias vulpinus
Carcharhinus falciformis
Species group: 
Fish