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Shark Fins confiscated at Schiphol Airport

More than 200 kilos of shark fins intercepted at SchipholA batch of 217 kilograms of dried shark fins that customs intercepted at Schiphol was seized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The shipment came from Cuba and was intended for a company in Hong Kong. The RVO announced this today.

According to the RVO, the body that acts against illegal trade in endangered animals and plants, not such a large party of shark fins has been intercepted in years. The fins are of protected species: the silk shark and the large hammerhead shark. A permit is required for trade in these species.Cuba indicated that the export of shark fins was not correct and started a case against the exporters. Customs intercepted the shark fins at the end of February. It is not yet clear what will happen to the fins.”Implementation expert at the RVO Bart Langeveld says that it is a special catch: ,, This is a unique find for the Netherlands. In the forty years that I have been doing this work I have never seen such a large batch of shark fins intercepted.”

Some media have reported, that the trade in shark fins is banned globally. This is not the case. These fins were confiscated, as they were fins of threatened species, for which a permit is needed.

This fins can also be sourced from sharks that are landed as whole – in the Caribbean, shark meat is consumed by many, like in the fastfood dish ‘Bake and shark’.


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