Date
22 October 2017
The international convention on trade in endangered species lists the hammerhead shark among protected marine life. The import, export or re-export of such specimens is an offence. Photo: Internet
The international convention on trade in endangered species lists the hammerhead shark among protected marine life. The import, export or re-export of such specimens is an offence. Photo: Internet

Officers seize 880 kilos of illegal shark fin imports

Hundreds of kilos of illegal shark fin imports have been seized from a shipment that originated in Panama.

Customs authorities found the suspected hammerhead shark fin in a cargo with no import permit, the government said.

An investigation is under way.

A spokesman from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the shipment weighed 880 kilos.

It was discovered during a joint operation with Customs and Excise against the illegal import of endangered species.

The international convention on trade in endangered species lists the hammerhead shark among protected marine life.

The import, export or re-export of such specimens is an offence.

The maximum penalty is a fine of US$5 million and imprisonment for two years.

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