14 Oct '11, 6pm

Colombia says Costa Rican fishermen have been killing 2000 sharks in Colombian protected waters:

Costa Rican fishermen plundering Colombian waters for sharks mongabay.com October 14, 2011 Costa Rican fishermen have killed some 2,000 sharks in Colombian waters off Malpelo island, a protected area renowned for its marine life, reports Colombia Reports . Sandra Bessudo, special advisor on biodiversity to Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos, said that Costa Rican boats have been setting long lines near Malpelo. The fishermen cut off the fins of sharks they captured. The fins are likely destined for Asia where they are used in shark fin soup, a delicacy served at weddings and special events. Bessudo said the Colombian government would notify Costa Rica of the illegal activities by Costa Rican nationals. Environmentalists say Costa Rica has been slow to tackle the shark fin trade, which is concentrated in Pacific coast ports. Malpelo island is a UNESCO World Heritage site...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1014-costa_rica_sharks_malp...

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