On 04/05/12, the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) seized about 7,7 tons of dried shark fins in Belém.
The shark fins, which were intended to be exported to China, were found during an inspection by IBAMA officers at a fish processing company in the Tapana Industrial District. The exporter failed to provide documents proving the sale or whereabouts of the shark carcasses. So it can be assumed that the fins are a product of illegal shark finning.
According to the agency, the company has repeatedly been fined several times before for various violations – to the tune of R$ 1 million+ in fines since 2007.
Source and Photo Credit: IBAMA and folha.com
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