Colombia seizes almost 3,500 shark fins on their way to Hong Kong

The environmental authorities in the capital said that the number of fins meant between 900 and 1,000 sharks between 1 and 5 meters (3 to 16 feet) in length would have to be killed.

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The shipment – packed in 10 packages and the product of illegal fishing – came from the municipality of Roldanillo, in southwestern Colombia, said Bogota’s environmental secretary.

“The shipping company was the first to alert environmental authorities and the police,” said Secretary Carolina Urrutia.

“Police are taking samples to know exactly what species they are, but we know there are more than three shark species found in Colombian waters.”

The national police will handle the investigation, she added, and has asked the shipping company for all information about the sender and the final destination of the transport.

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