Coast guard cracks down on illegal rare shark fishing - Focus Taiwan

Coast guard cracks down on illegal rare shark fishing

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) Coast guard officials in Taitung, eastern Taiwan reported Wednesday that a fishing boat has been found to have run counter to a ban on catching a rare shark species.

The officials said they were checking a fish market when they found the 31-kg shark on the deck of a Hsingang Harbor-registered fishing boat.

The shark was identified as an oceanic whitetip, a large pelagic species that inhabits tropical and warm temperate seas.

They reported that it was the third incident this year of fishermen being caught with this kind of shark.

Oceanic whitetip numbers are low, and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) announced a complete ban on taking them that began Jan. 1.

Taiwan has been working with the ban to step up a crackdown on such fishing.

(By Tyson Lu and Lilian Wu)ENDITEM/J

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