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Dead in the net

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, April 30, 2012

LOCALS continue to fish and sell shark, some intentionally and others unintentionally.

Sharks, an ancient predator of the sea, are feared by many people but their fins are normally cut off and sold for the Chinese market.

Shark fins are regarded as a delicacy and fetches good money abroad and even in the local Chinese market.

Its meat is often seen on sale at the Suva Market, at some shops and at times at the Labasa Market after it is smoked for preservation.

A recent trip to the Lautoka Fish Market resulted in the discovery of two baby sharks on sale. While the baby sharks were not caught intentionally, the seller said he could not "throw money away".

Seru Ralulu said the baby tiger and hammerhead sharks accidentally came in the fishing net.

"These sharks were not caught intentionally but they came in the fishing net with the other fish and ended up in the market," he said

Mr Ralulu said the two baby sharks were selling for $8 each.

He said shark meat, whenever sold at the fish market, was bought by local Chinese.

"I know I will be able to sell them as shark meat is a delicacy for Chinese people. These are baby sharks going at a cheap price."

Mr Ralulu reiterated that the baby sharks were not caught intentionally by his team of fishermen.

There is no law stopping people killing and selling sharks but their deaths has put the predator on the endangered species list.





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