X-PRESS FEEDERS bans shark fin shipments

Posted 18 April 2018
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WWF-Hong Kong welcomes the March decision by Singapore’s X-PRESS FEEDERS to place a ban on carrying cargoes of shark fin. The company, one of the top 20 shipping companies in the world, is adding its weight to the bulk of the rest of the world’s shipping companies that refuse to carry shark fin. As of today, shipping companies that account for over 80% of global market share have “no shark fin carriage” policies.
Shipping companies play a crucial role in restricting the trade in shark fin. In 2017, 86% of shark fin by volume was imported here by sea.
Hong Kong is the global shark fin trading hub. A study released late in 2017 shows that 76 shark and related species could be found here, with some one-third of those species categorized as threatened with extinction. These species include bigeye thresher shark, great hammerhead shark, oceanic whitetip shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, shortfin mako shark and silky shark. The sharks generally come from poorly-managed fisheries including those without catch limits. Stakeholders in the shark fin supply chain should work together to stop the unsustainable trade.
Only by working together can we secure a brighter future for shark species and ensure healthier oceans in our lifetime.
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