Tim Pankhurst, chief executive of Seafood New Zealand, said the result of the proposal would be that instead of taking shark fins from dead animals, “the whole carcass is simply hoisted into the sea when it arrives on board dead”. Blue sharks are often the target of illegal finning operations, as their fins are most often used for shark fin soup, making them very valuable and sought after. “No shark is targeted solely for its fins, and in tuna fisheries, where blue sharks are an important bycatch, the focus must be on reducing these catches.” Shark Awareness Week is organised by the New Zealand Shark Alliance – a coalition of organisations working together to promote shark awareness and the need to end shark fin separation. “San Francisco is proud to have Emirates Team New Zealand participate in the America`s Cup in San Francisco Bay. As sailors and sea lovers, we are on the water to join these efforts to protect sharks and ban shark fins in New Zealand. “The Greens have been calling for a ban on shark finning for more than five years, and it`s great that the government has finally recognised the importance of this issue.” WWF calls on all tuna fishing states to implement a number of essential measures to prevent extinction and restore severely depleted shark and pelagic ray populations. Shark Stewards is dedicated to conserving our marine resources by saving sharks. Their work is recognized nationally, nationally and internationally around shark finning and shark finning. Each year, Shark Stewards reaches over ten thousand students and the local audience at conferences and events such as Sharktoberfest, which focus on saving sharks. Shark Stewards is a non-profit project of the Earth Island Institute. According to the Shark Research Institute, shark finning is a multi-billion dollar global industry and is estimated to be responsible for the deaths of 100 million sharks a year. Shark fin soup, popular throughout Asia, is believed to have originated in China more than 1,000 years ago.
“As an export product [shark fins], it legitimizes the barbaric killing of sharks, and we need to see all shark species better protected.” However, they can be legally landed, flown and sold in foreign markets. Most shark bycatch is dead when brought to the surface, and their fins still need to be attached to their bodies when brought ashore. New Zealand`s 13-tonne shark fins exported overseas each year Government ministers dramatically demonstrated their commitment to shark conservation today by releasing three of the marine animals into the ocean and then ensuring they were swimming in the right direction in open water. To date, 59 international airlines, including Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates, have banned the carriage of shark fins as cargo on board their aircraft, and 17 of the largest container shipping companies have stopped operating shark fins and also banned them from cargo. It is recently estimated that 100 million sharks are killed each year simply because their fins supply the shark fin soup trade, a practice that has been banned by nearly 100 countries and states, but is still legal in New Zealand. A bill banning the purchase or sale of shark fins nationwide has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Banning shark finning was part of that proposal and was welcomed by conservation groups, but the fishing industry said if the shark was already dead, it made sense to harvest some of the carcass rather than throw it all away. Since 2014, it has been illegal for New Zealand fishermen to remove shark fins and then throw the bodies into the sea.
Sharks cannot be thrown into the sea, even if they are dead. Before the ban, it was already illegal to remove the fins of a live shark and then return the body to the sea. Karli Thomas, a marine activist with Greenpeace New Zealand, said New Zealanders strongly support banning shark finning. In 2014, it was banned from removing the fins of sharks caught in New Zealand waters and disposing of the bodies. The ban on shark finning would be enforced by additional observers and cameras on commercial fleets, and a $100,000 fine would be proposed for those who violate the ban. The New Zealand government is in the process of releasing its national shark action plan for public consultation. It will set out a plan for sharks for the next five years, and Palka says it`s crucial that it commits to banning shark finning. “Right now, public support for this initiative is crucial,” adds McGuire.
* seven species of sharks are absolutely protected under the Wildlife Act 1953, including great white sharks, basking sharks and deep-sea sharks; The New Zealand Shark Alliance (NZSA) said the proposal was good news for sharks and New Zealand`s environmental reputation. Pew estimates that at least 100 million sharks are caught commercially each year, threatening the survival of some species. The bill aims to halt the decline in shark populations by removing the U.S. shark fin market and removing a major economic incentive for shark fin separation. While it is already illegal in the U.S. to take sharks solely for their fins, fins can still be imported for sale and the U.S. continues to contribute to international trade. “In New Zealand, conservation groups estimate that 24,000 tonnes of sharks are caught in our waters. Most sharks caught in the world are discarded, with only 2% of sharks used.
“We have banned the finning of live sharks where their bodies are simply thrown back into the sea, but we are still allowing too many sharks to be caught as bycatch,” she said, adding that the quota management system (QMS) needed a fundamental overhaul. The new rules, which will come into effect in October, make it illegal to remove the fins of dead sharks and throw carcasses back into the sea. In New Zealand, it was already illegal to harvest fins from live sharks. We need to ensure that all shark species are better protected, says Eugenie Sage, after New Zealand exported shark fins, although the practice has been banned since 2006, Shark Stewards has been a leader in the United States, reducing the shark fin trade by applying trade data to laws that prohibit the sale and trade of sharks. San Francisco-based non-profit Shark Stewards joins the New Zealand Shark Alliance in calling for public support to end shark finning in New Zealand. WWF calls for urgent action to recover badly decimated sharks and rays New figures obtained by Seafood NZ`s Herald show that nine tonnes of shark fins for use in shark fin soup were sent to Singapore last year. In blue sharks, the fins can be removed, but they must be attached to the shark`s body. For example, they can be tied or sewn. This encourages fishermen to reduce waste and allows blue shark fishing to continue. Under certain conditions, fishermen can send certain species of sharks back into the sea.