First international shark fin ban

Date: 1/2/2005

More than 60 countries have agreed to ban the killing of sharks for their fins in the Atlantic Ocean, a move that conservationists hope will increase protection of threatened species around the world. The agreement bans the practice known as shark finning in which fishermen slice off a shark’s fin and throw the carcass overboard, leaving room on the ship for more fins. Shark fins are a delicacy in Asian countries and command high prices: shark fin soup sells for more than $100 (about R600) in Singapore, according to WildAid, an environmental group

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