Effectiveness of hammerhead measure questioned

Costa Rica

Environmental groups say a moratorium in Costa Rica on the export of hammerhead sharks has done little to cut down on fishing of the species. About eight metric tons of hammerhead shark fins have been landed during the moratorium, according to Fins Attached, an international nonprofit fighting the lucrative trade in shark fins. The fins have likely been freeze-dried in the expectation they can be sold once the moratorium is lifted. News of the continued landing of hammerheads comes against a backdrop of debate in Costa Rica about the 2013 inclusion of hammerhead sharks in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites). Products from species listed on Appendix II only can be exported from... [Log in to read more]

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