Over 3,000 shark fins have been confiscated in Colombia before being illegally shipped to Hong Kong.
According to environmental ministry head Carolina Urrutia, authorities in Bogota “seized 3,493 shark fins and 117 kilos of fish bladders that were en route to Hong Kong.”
This shows that there is a continued demand for shark fin, which is served at wedding banquets in some Chinese communities as well as false beliefs that they possess medicinal properties.
The fins, which were removed from 900 to 1,000 sharks, were discovered yesterday in five boxes in Bogota’s busiest airport El Dorado, which has led to a police investigation being launched.
As Colombia is home to 76 of the 500 known shark varieties, illegal fishing has been described as causing “irreversible environmental damage to Colombia’s marine ecosystem”.
Shark fishing has been banned in Colombia since 2020 in an attempt to stem Asia’s fin trade.
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