Spain seizes 11 tonnes of China-bound shark fins

11th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The shark fins worth EUR 136,800 did not appear to come from a protected species of sharks, said Spanish police.

MADRID – Police in Spain said Friday they had seized 11 tonnes of shark fins worth EUR 136,800 destined to be shipped to Hong Kong in China.

The warehouse in Huelva in southwestern Spain where the shark fins, used to make soup in China, were found was not authorised to store or export the product, they said in a statement.

The shark fins did not appear to be a protected species, police said. They came from a port in Galicia in northwestern Spain.

European Union countries are the main exporters of shark fins to China. The removal of the shark's fins results in their death.

AFP / Expatica

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