Letter: Ban doesn't target the real culprits

Last updated 11:19 13/01/2014

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OPINION: So the sharkfinning ban is to come in (Jan 10), with the long-suffering fishing industry saddled with another burden - the need to bring legal but unsaleable shark by- catch to shore, contaminating the rest of the catch, and the cost of disposal in landfill.

In the meantime, what's being done about the stocks of shark fins, a valuable by-product of sharks legally and sustainably caught for their fillets, building up in cold storage because carriers, responding to the hysteria about the issue, refuse to carry them? That is adversely affecting people's livelihoods for no valid reason.

Is it possible for the nationality and location of the vessels and men shown on TV news, pushing live, finless sharks overboard, to be identified? Names, registration numbers and flags are conspicuously absent.

Thank you for reporting that the practice was already illegal under New Zealand law.

R LEA CLOUGH

Napier

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