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Chile take first step to ban finning

The Fisheries Committee of the Chilean Senate voted on Friday in favour of placing a bill aimed at protecting sharks by banning finning on the legislative agenda.

The bill was favourably voted by the Senators who attended the session: Antonio Horvath, Jaime Orpis and Fulvio Rossi, and now it must be voted in the Senate chamber.  

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by Oceana to the Chilean National Customs Service revealed that between 2006 and 2009, 71 tons of dry shark fins were exported and corresponded to eight different species.

Chile has become a large shark fin exporter to Asian countries, mainly China, where they are used for culinary purposes.

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