1400 pounds of shark fins seized at Miami port

Shark, Photo by Gerald Schömbs on Unsplash
Photo by Gerald Schömbs on Unsplash

Wildlife inspectors seized 1400 pounds (635 kilograms) of shark fins at a Miami port, officials said on Monday. Hundreds of sharks were killed for these fins.

The United States 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. The fins are often used for shark fin soup, considered a Chinese delicacy.

Officials estimated the total commercial value 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. Unable to swim effectively, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die of suffocation or are eaten by other predators.

Source: AP

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