July 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Legal shark fining example video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPFioJeMRO8
1. Ocean fishing fleet fishermen would prefer to bring home marlin, swordfish, tuna – high value products.
2. Sharks take the baits intended for tuna, marlin, on long lines.
3. Sharks, hooked and unable to swim, drown. Found dead in perhaps 90% of the time.
4. What to do with dead sharks? Throw them away and save freezer space?
5. Many countries, under international pressure now make fishermen bring whole sharks home, fins attached, if they wish to profit from shark fins.
6. Shark meat is processed into fake-fish products. i.e. crab sticks, and ‘surimi’ which may contain shark.
7. Shark fins are a bonus, removed from the accidently caught catch while seeking higher grade fish. Should the dead shark and fins be dumped?
8. A solution perhaps – a long line bait is being trialed, that is hoped to be unpalatable to sharks but not tuna or marlin.
9. Fake shark fin soup exists in cheap restaurants.
10. Should fisherman in a third world country on a meagre existence be stopped from benefiting from the sale of a small number of fins that may help support a poor family?
11. Powerful international environmental groups promote a policy of ‘all sharks being endangered’while seeking donations. ‘Only 500 Grey nurse sharks left’ (in the world)?, or an apex predator is endangered (before learning the species is migratory) or that killer whales kill large sharks.
13. At an international Shark Conference a conclusion reached after three days “We (the scientists) must communicate more often with shark fishermen for their ‘in the wild’ information and experiences.
14. Banning ‘shark fin soup’ in restaurants would be cosmetic only. It may take a listing off the English menu yet still available in the Chinese edition or upon request.
Any Taiwanese national who breaks provisions of the new law elsewhere in the world will still be subject to punishment in Taiwan
From: http://www.taipeitimes.com Wednesday, Dec 03, 2008
The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed the Statute Governing Investment and Management of Non-Taiwanese Fishing Boats, which prohibits anyone from investing in non-Taiwanese fishing boats without a permit from the agricultural authorities
Those who make such an investment without first obtaining a permit may be fined between NT$300,000 (US$8,950) and NT$1.5 million.
Under the new law, authorities will also be able to investigate any fishing irregularities by requiring fishing boat investors to present investment details.
Any Taiwanese national found to be involved in fish laundering ― an illegal act to cover up overfishing ― could be jailed from six months to three years and fined up to NT$30 million, while those entering the fishing business overseas without a permit may be sentenced to three years in prison and fined up to NT$10 million.
Those who commit these offenses abroad are subject to punishment in Taiwan, even if the acts are legal where they take place. Violators’ catch and equipment will also be confiscated.
The bill also includes a resolution urging the Council of Agriculture and the Fisheries Agency to engage in international negotiations for a “buffer zone” so the local fishing industry can gradually adjust the average size of its tuna catch.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas sanctioned the nation’s deep-sea fishing industry in 2004 and 2005 for dodging the fishing limits by investing in non-Taiwanese fishing boats.
Bamboo cat sharks and a carpet shark. All three are often seen in restaurant aquarium tanks in Taiwan. I do not advise eating shark but these smaller species would be acceptable. The carpet sharks have white meat but all sharks excrete their urine into their blood as a method of maintaining an essential salt balance. If blood is not quickly released from a caught shark the urine taints the flesh. This should not be a problem in Taiwan were food handling is professional but a good tip for amateur fishermen.