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Posted Wed Aug 20 2008: from Divemaster (UK):
Shark numbers worry over fin export
The WWF says 230 tonnes of shark fin have been exported from Australia in the past 13 months.... Conservationists say they have major concerns about Australia's contribution to the shark fin industry. WWF's Dr Gilly Llewellyn says the appetite for shark fin overseas which Australia appears to be feeding, is insatiable, and in the past 13 months 230 tonnes of shark fin have been exported from our shores, mainly to Asian markets. "Using a really conservative estimate using the largest possible size of shark, using a low fin to weight ratio, that's still 10,000 sharks that would have needed to be killed for that amount of fin," she says.
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