Australian Officials Seize 3,000 Shark Fins from Recreational Fishers

posted: 06/11/15
by: Danny Clemens
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It's no secret that the shark fin trade brings in big bucks for organized crime circles across the globe, but officials in the Australian state of Queensland are now cracking down on recreational fishers who are also getting in on the game.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness announced today that three men have been fined more than $15,000 after authorities found 3,000 severed shark fins in their fishing shack.

"Shark finning is illegal in Queensland and strict rules are in place to prevent this cruel act, to provide protection to breeding adults and discourage any potential for black marketing of shark and their fins," said Bowness.

The men were also found to be in possession of undersized mud crabs and non-compliant commercial fishing equipment, which contributed to the large fine levied against them.

"This is an extremely concerning case which shows complete disregard for our fisheries resources," added Bowness, whose organization maintains a comprehensive list of all recreational fishing rules and regulations on its website.

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