Ecuador wants to protect hammerhead sharks

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
10. November 2011

In a recent newsletter (BOLETÍN NO. 049 / SRP; 27. October 2011 ),
the Ecuadorian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries has announced that they will take steps to protect the smooth hammerhead shark Sphyrna zygaena and the scalloped hammerhead shark Sphyrna lewini.

The planned measures will be a total ban on landing, storing and trading of hammerhead sharks, this includes the prohibition of the internal and external marketing of their fins of course.

Ecuador is suggesting that these measures should be adopted by neighboring countries as it is a worldwide problem, making it necessary to take immediate actions for the conservation of these shark species.

Source: Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Acuacultura y Pesca de Ecuador.




  1. Alyssa Toohey

    I am very happy to read this article. As a college student, I don’t have the funds to financially support the cause, however I have come to find the issue of shark finning and shark safety very close to my heart. These creatures are greatly misunderstood and misrepresented by the media and they deserve as much protection as we can give to them. A natural balance is required for all species to flourish; including humans. If that balance is continuously affected by shark finning, as well as so many other animal cruelties, we will also come to suffer the consequences. I am just very glad that measures are being taken.

    • Jack Trevally

      Well put!

      One of the greatest assets you have as a college student is that there are many people in your proximity who can be educated about the problem. The human voice is a powerful tool when used wisely. Tell everyone you know about why shark conservation is important.

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