In a number of raids in the Ecuadorean port city of Manta, authorities seized 200,000 shark fins. The fins were allegedly bound for Asia.
It’s another gruesome discovery that highlights the scale of the illegal practice of shark finning.
Despite the fact that the practice is illegal, shark finning is a lucrative underground trade. In 2007, it was estimated that the shark finning industry was a $1.7 billion industry.
Shark fins are also considered to be the most expensive shark food. Traffickers can get $600 plus per kilo of shark fins and shark fin soup will sell for over $300 a bowl in China. And with numbers like that, this illegal trade attracts criminals.
The seizure of 200,000 shark fins in Ecuador is a win for those who oppose shark finning, but the problem is a long way from solved.