Shark fin seizures soar in global illegal trading hub HK

Local | 11 Jul 2018 12:22 pm

Hong Kong, the global illegal shark fin trading hub, seized more than 1,263 kilograms of Oceanic whitetip shark fin in 2017 and 1,382.7 kg of Hammerhead shark fin, lawmakers were told today. The seizures by Hong Kong Customs exceeded that of 2016.

The shipments seized in 2017, came from India, Egypt, Peru, Kenya, Senegal, Guatemala, Indonesia, Somalia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Lawmaker martin Liao note in a question to the Enviroment Secretary Wong Kam-sing that Hong Kong is the world’s largest trading center for shark fins. Food products of as many as 76 shark species are on sale in the local market, with nearly one-third of them belonging to endangered or vulnerable shark species. 

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