Activists Call for Tougher Penalties for Shark Finning

posted: 06/15/15
by: SharkWeek.com Staff

A $15,000 penalty imposed upon three fisherman found in possession of 3,000 shark fins last week won't deter others from shark finning, says The Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Authorities believe that the three men maimed almost 650 sharks to collect the 3,000 fins: their $15,000 fine amounts to less than $25 per shark. According to AMCS campaigner Tooni Mahto, individual sharks can sell for as much as $1,000 each on the black market. The profit to be earned from shark finning still far outweighs the fine.

"There's a real market incentive to actually go out and target sharks and ... this $15,000 fine for catching such a huge volume of sharks, that's a big number of sharks, so that doesn't really provide the massive deterrent that we would really like to see," Mahto told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

According to a spokesperson for the Queensland's Fisheries Minister, the fisheries crimes are non-indictable offenses: the court can levy a fine, but cannot issue an arrest warrant to guilty parties.

Click here for the full story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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