Shark Fin Imports to Hong Kong Rapidly Declining

Written by on September 11, 2013 in Other News, Sharks

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Shark fin imports to Hong Kong tumble after airlines refuse to carry them

Shark fin soup.

Shark fin soup. Photo credit: cephalopodcast via photopin cc.

In 2012, Hong Kong imported 1,162 tons of shark fins, about half the world’s harvest. Since the launch of a new campaign aimed at stopping airlines and shipping companies from transporting them, shark fin imports to Hong Kong have fallen 30 percent. This might be good news for sharks, but Chairman of the Hong Kong Marine Products Association says the campaign is putting fishermen out of work. He accuses the ‘green groups’ of distorting the shark conservation issue and says that the ocean is huge and sharks will never be extinct.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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