Shark Fishing in Ecuador

08 July 2011, GALAPAGOS BLOG.

In 2007 President Rafael Correa overturned the law prohibiting the sale of shark fins and shark meat making it legal for fishermen who “accidently” catch sharks while conducting other fishing activity.  As a result thousands of sharks are killed each year and sold to Hong Kong or other parts of Asia to be used in tasteless soup, jewlery, tourist souveniers and phony powders and capsals.   This week another hammehead was killed off Puerto Lopez and was photographed as the fishemen cut off its fins for sale.

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/Patricio Realpe











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