Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shark Skeletons with their Fins naturally attached?


Read this - just unbelievable!

It is clearly against the aim of the legislation - but depending on the exact wording, it may indeed not be prosecutable. Looks like the anti-finning laws need to be re-written to include both the requirement that the fins be naturally attached and that weight-to-body ratios be no more than 5%.

2 comments:

Shark Diver said...

This should be a real wake up to shark conservationists.

Are we spending too much time on "feel good initiatives?"

That's the million dollar question.

The next phase for the global march for sharks is money and enforcement.

The legacy of the millions of miles of declared shark sanctuaries will be measured by actual protected animals and not just a signature on a slip of paper.

The question is where will the millions of dollars come from?

DaShark said...

Agree.

But, provided that the authorities are smart but also determined, enforcement may be cheaper than you think.

Right now, it appears, the principal challenge consists in successfully prosecuting the perpetrators once they are being caught, as witnessed by the shenanigans in CR but also in the Galapagos where poachers are being brought in but then set free based on technicalities.

Once a couple of them are being nailed, it will serve as a deterrent and the fines will fund further enforcement.