Singapore is world’s second largest shark-fin trader: TRAFFIC
February 13, 2020
Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Fish, Fishing, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Oceans, Sharks, Sharks And Rays, Trade, Traditional Chinese Medicine Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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Singapore has emerged as the world’s second largest trader of shark fins by value after Hong Kong, according to a new report by the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC.Shark fins, used in traditional medicine and also considered a delicacy in Asia, are one of the most expensive seafood products. Fishermen typically cut off sharks’ fins while the animals are still alive and then thrown them back to the ocean. Unable to swim without their fins, the sharks drown or are eaten by other predators. Scientists estimate that about 100 million sharks are killed every year, mostly for their fins.Shark fin found for sale in Singapore. Photo by Boon-Pei-Ya.TRAFFIC analyzed Singapore’s shark trading data from 2005 to 2007, and also 2012 to 2014, and found that Singapore imported 14,114 metric tons and exported 12,402 metric tons of shark fins over these six years.According to trade records in 2012-2013, Singapore’s shark fin exports were worth $40 million, closely following Hong Kong’s $45 million. More than 72 percent of Singapore’s shark fin exports went to Hong Kong, mainland China and Japan during this time period.The recorded value of Singapore’s import trade in 2012-2013 was $51.4 million, while Hong Kong’s was $170 million. Spain, Namibia and Uruguay were the top three sources of shark fins during this period, accounting for more than 66 percent of Singapore’s imports.By volume, Singapore was the world’s second biggest exporter and the third largest importer of shark fins, according to the report. Some of the species traded include the porbeagle (Lamna nasus), the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus), the scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), and the great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran). All five species are classified under various threatened categories on the IUCN Red List.“The fact that Singapore is a significant trader means that the solution to the global shark crisis lies right here on our shores,” Elaine Tan, Chief Executive Officer of WWF-Singapore, said in a statement. “More robust monitoring of volumes and protected species will set a positive precedent for other countries and contribute to healthier shark populations and oceans.”Shark fins in Hong Kong. Photo by Nicholas Wang (From Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0).Unfortunately, Singapore’s trade information on sharks is incomprehensive and lacks transparency, the report says. This raises suspicions regarding the country’s trade from unsustainable and untraceable sources, the authors write, while also hampering in-depth analyses of the data.“Any country that dominates a particular trade has an extra responsibility to ensure it is transparent and traceable,” said Kanitha Krishnasamy, Senior Programme Manager for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia. “Key to any effort aimed at enabling legal and sustainable sourcing, and long-term viability of shark populations, is the open availability of product-specific trade data.”The Oceanic whitetip shark is one of the sharks traded in Singapore. Photo by Alexander Vasenin (Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0).