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Shark fin decline linked to China corruption crackdown: Experts

Published on Sep 1, 2013 3:32 PM
 

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - Conservationists have attributed a dwindling demand for shark fins to China's crackdown on corruption which has forced a decline in lavish banquets.

"We are seeing a reduction in demand from China. Hong Kong is also showing a significant decline in consumption," Angelo Villagomez, a shark specialist with US-based conservation group the Pew Charitable Trusts, said on Sunday.

Mr Villagomez was in the Marshall Islands to discuss shark sanctuaries with leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum, the annual summit of Pacific heads of state.

However, he said the decline in shark fin demand over the past year was not directly linked to increasing shark protection by Pacific island governments.

 
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