Jul 31, 2013

    World's biggest shark catchers named

    INDONESIA and India yesterday were named the world's biggest catchers of sharks in a European Union-backed probe into implementing a pact to protect seven threatened species of sharks and rays.

    Indonesia and India account for more than a fifth of global shark catches, according to wildlife-trade monitoring network Traffic.

    They head a list of 20 countries that together account for nearly 80 per cent of total shark catches reported between 2002 and 2011.

    The report was requested by the EU's executive European Commission, following the listing of seven species of sharks and rays by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Bangkok last March.

    Traffic said it had identified other countries that were major hubs for the trade in shark meat or shark parts.

    They include Bangladesh, the Maldives, Oman, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates as exporters of sharks' fin.