Loose shark fin landing becomes prohibited
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Shark fins (Photo: Stock File)PERUWednesday, November 09, 2016,22:30 (GMT + 9)TheMinistry of Production(PRODUCE) has
 

Shark fins. (Photo: Stock File)

 

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016, 22:30 (GMT + 9)

 

The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has decided to ban loose shark fin landing, product of the activity known as "finning." With this, it seeks to prevent illegal trade in this product and promote the full use of the resource, in accordance with the international commitments assumed by the Peruvian State.

Through Supreme Decree No. 021-2016-PRODUCE, published in the official newspaper El Peruano, it is provided that the shark resource must be landed with the presence of the head and all its fins, totally or partially adhered to the body in a natural way. In this way, landing or trans-shipping loose fins or bodies without fins of any shark species is prohibited throughout the Peruvian coast.

This measure is in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), of which Peru is a member. This convention provides international trade control for some sharks, including the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena), a species that sustains a temporary artisanal fishery of importance on much of the coast.

This control implies that the parties must solve technical and administrative issues related to the issuance of export permits, known as "non-detriment capture findings" (DENP, in Spanish), which presuppose an understanding of the composition of catches by species.

The regulation also prohibits the possession and use of fishing gear known as "animal harpoon". This decision is so due to the fact that it is not an important element in the artisanal fishery and, on the contrary, it has been reported to be misused for the capture of minor cetaceans and other species protected by law.

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