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1,400 pounds of shark fins seized at Miami port

Shark fin harvest, Tarqui Beach, Manta, Ecuador, 20-May-2013 (File photo)

PortandTerminal.com, February 3, 2020

Wildlife officials confiscate shark fins found at Miami port

MIAMI, FL — Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms) of shark fins at a Miami port, officials said on Monday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shipment of dried fins arrived in 18 boxes and was believed to have originated in South America, and likely bound for Asia. They are often turned into shark fin soup, considered a Chinese delicacy.

Image of dead sharks lying on reef after having their fins cut from their body.
After the fins are cut from the live animals, their bodies are usually dumped overboard

Officials estimated the total commercial value of the seizure to be between $700,000 and $1 million.

Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year by smugglers who cut the fins from live animals, according to conservation groups.

READ: Smugglers from China bringing in invasive crabs into U.S. for huge profit

 The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Shark Specialist Group says that shark finning is widespread, and that “the rapidly expanding and largely unregulated shark fin trade represents one of the most serious threats to shark populations worldwide”.

On average, humans kill about 100 million sharks around the world each year, with most targeted by commercial fishermen for their fins and flesh. 

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