In Hong Kong, officials have made the largest shark fin seizure in the city’s history, uncovering 26 tons inside two shipping containers.
80% of the fins came from endangered species. This seizure is more than double the total amount of fins uncovered in 2019. The total value of the fins, which came from about 38,500 sharks, is equal to more than $1 million.
The two containers arrived from Ecuador in January and were opened in late April and early May. The 57-year-old owner was arrested and released on bail, pending investigation.
Selling and consuming shark fins is legal in Hong Kong, but that does not cover endangered species. Anyone who is found to be importing an endangered species without a license could face up to 10 years in jail and a $10 million fine.
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