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Yesterday, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) intercepted and seized 880kg of dried shark fins found in a cargo from Panama without any relevant permits attached. The fins were suspected to come from hammerhead sharks which trade is regulated by CITES.
The news again reinforces the high legal risk that shipping companies have to bear to carry potentially illegal shark fin continuously. Such risk is likely to increase further, as more shark species will be considered to be scheduled into CITES lists this September.
We call on all shipping companies to follow the lead of 16 global leaders in the industry to impose a ban on shark fin shipment immediately.