Loophole in Ecuador’s anti shark fishing law

Posted on December 6, 2011 • Filed under: Agriculture, Ecuador, Labor Issues, Social Issues

Globalpost.com report – Ecuador and Honduras are the only Latin American countries that have officially outlawed the practice, winning them plaudits for their efforts to protect endangered sharks.
But Ecuador also allows fishermen who accidentally catch sharks in their nets to sell them, without any methods to determine whether the sharks were netted on purpose.The loophole, created in 2007, has inadvertently created a quasi-legal market for shark meat. Since then, the number of sharks that have been caught and killed has spiked. Read Article

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