Shark Fins

So what will the Chinese eat when all the sharks in the oceans have been killed to sate their need to consume shark fin?

I can tell you the answer: Turtle and dolphin flippers and manta ray wings.

 The reason I can answer the question is that these creatures are already been caught off the coast of Mozambique and their body parts shipped back to China.

Please read the following article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/14/chinese-shark-fin-soup-mozambique

The Coles Notes version of the article is as follows:

The conservationists in Mozambique are not only fighting against the Chinese but their own government including the fisheries ministry. Conservationists have called for legal protection of species such as sharks and manta rays in Mozambique because at the present rate of destruction the manta rays could be wiped out in 15 years. Fishermen are more efficient than ever before thanks to bigger nets given both by the Chinese and by the government as part of official schemes intended to benefit fishing communities. By contrast the authorities only have one or two patrol boats to cover the coastline.

Some local activists believe the Chinese are gangsters and have the protection of certain government officials while others see this sea creature destruction as part of a global criminal conspiracy with impacts far beyond the control of local fishermen. As if to illustrate the point the Environmental Investigation Agency has said nearly half of the timber exported from Mozambique to China is done so illegally

The beaches and ocean of Mozambique are a diver’s paradise with one of the most fabulous concentrations of sea life in the world and the huge irony is that the economic argument for preserving the shark, rays, and dolphins in the long term surely outweighs a one-off profit for a few fishermen and Chinese.

Although Mozambique is far away we can still take action locally – I would suggest that we can all make a difference by refusing to eat in Chinese restaurants where shark fin and other marine animals in danger of extinction are on the menu.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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