Monday, 16 June 2014

Philippine police seize half-tonne of shark meat

Police in the central Philippines have seized half a tonne (1,100 pounds) of shark meat destined for use in fried fish snacks, the head of an illegal fishing task force said Saturday.

Meat from thresher sharks, a species listed as "vulnerable" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), was found onboard a truck in the central island of Cebu on Wednesday, said Loy Anthony Madrigal, head of the Cebu task force.

"The people on board the truck... said they were just transporting fish. But when we checked the cargo, we found boxes of large chunks of shark torsos and packs of shark meat to be used as ingredients for tempura and fish balls," he said.

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