23 Jan '12, 10am

Taiwan joins global efforts to ban shark finning

The government and local hotels have stepped up their efforts to ban shark finning amid a global movement to oppose the practice — in which fishermen cut the fins off sharks and then throw the animals back into the sea to die. The Fisheries Agency implemented a regulation earlier this week that will force fishermen to keep shark catches intact until they arrive in port, a rule the agency hopes will prevent fishing vessels from making space to store more fins and end the cruel practice. By being the first country in Asia to impose such a restriction, Taiwan showed its resolution to promote sustainable fishing, the agency said. “We have to start with the supply chain — the fishermen — in impression on them the significance of the law so the chances of violations can be reduced,” said Fisheries Agency Deputy Director-General Tsay Tzu-yaw. Likewise, local hotels such as W Taip...

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