Taiwan is the world’s leader in shark fin catching. It has announced plans to tighten it’s laws on shark fin catching, says the island’s top fishers official Sunday.
Shark fin fisherman are already barred from releasing a shark back into the ocean once the fins have been sliced off, but most do not obey the law.
Shark fins are a delicacy in Chinese culture and the demand for shark fins are increasing as the the population of China grows.
Under new laws to take effect early next year, it will be an offense to remove a shark’s fin onboard a fishing vessel.
Environmental groups estimate that up to 73 million sharks are killed each year around the world for fins, leading to declines of up to 90 percent of some species of sharks.