Environmentalists seek names on a petition to stop shark finning

Most expats and Costa Ricans thought that the prohibition against shark fining was settled.

The landing of shark fins and their export were prohibited, it appeared. But now environmentalists are conducting an Internet campaign to prevent the export of 2,000 shark fins.

The fins are a premium item in China where the shark product ends up as soup. The Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación has granted a permit for exporting the shark fins.

The environmentalists note that the hammerhead shark is endangered.

In addition, Costa Rica exported 411 kilos of hammerhead shark fins last December, said the Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas, known as PRETOMA.

That shipment stemmed from what the conservation organization called an irregular effort by the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura, the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Mares and representatives of the  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

That shipment represented the fins of some 59 sharks the organization said.

The organization has posted a petition on shark finning on its Web site in English HERE!.

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