Shark Fins Burned as Honduran President Watches

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Juliet Eilperin


05/31/2012 - Honduran president Porfirio Lobo Sosa joined some of the country’s top law enforcement officials Thursday to watch the burning of hundreds of illegal shark fins, a move aimed at underscoring the country’s commitment to protecting sharks.

The incendiary display, featuring fins from nurse sharks that were seized by the Honduran navy in April, took place in the nation’s capital, Tegucigalpa.

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“We salute the government of Honduras and its law enforcement officers for swiftly implementing its shark sanctuary,” said Maximiliano Bello, who advises the Pew Environment Group on shark conservation and attended the burning. “More comprehensive measures and enforcement actions such as these are still needed to protect the ocean’s top predators from extinction.”

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