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The Colombian government authorizes the fishing of sharks and fins

The Colombian government authorizes the fishing of sharks and fins

The Colombian government authorizes the fishing of sharks and fins
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The Government of Colombia authorizes fishing and shark fishing, in accordance with Resolution 350 of 2019.

The Colombian Ministry of Agriculture has marked Resolution 350 of 2019, which accommodates all-inclusive angling amounts for various species by 2020. In this manner, it has permitted around 500 tons of shark to be gotten and the balances promoted. 

The announcement opens angling proportions for the other year and permits the blades of a few types of sharks to be utilized industrially, as per Radio Blue. 

The record determines that at the 28 August 2019 gathering, the worldwide fisheries portions for marine and mainland assets for decorative use were proposed to the Executive Committee on Fisheries, in light of "specialized data gave by the National Fisheries Authority". Aquaculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture of San Andres and Infirmary. 

Colombia approves shark and blade angling 

The goals approve angling in the Caribbean for 125 tons of 4 types of sharks and furthermore acknowledge 5.2 tons for blade utilization of Carcharhinus Falciformis species, otherwise called "plush shark". 

While 350 tons of shark are permitted in the Pacific Ocean, around 10 tons can be assigned to the utilization of balances of in any event three species: Alopias Pelagicus, Alopias Supercilliosus, and Sphyrna Corona.

"It is unacceptable that the new decree issued by the Ministry of Agriculture against the allowable levels of shark and fin fishing in Colombia," said Sandra Pisudo, biologist and director of the Malpelo Foundation, on Twitter.
It is an attack on marine diversity, we have worked more than 20 years to identify these species, sharks in general, which are threatened by illegal fishing, but also by fins. We worked for many years to ban this, but they put a monkey on hunting. This rule is to promote hunting and fluttering. I do not know who advises the minister, but he strongly advises. "
"This is worrisome because a global share of 125 tonnes of shark is being given, and fins are being included," Besudo told the newspaper.

"They are talking about global quotas, about threatened shark species, so shark fishing should not be allowed under any circumstances."

The decision states that fishing will be literal and will be applied to individuals with fins attached to the body.

The Marva Foundation, an international organization recommended for 17 years to work for the protection of marine wealth based in Colombia since 2006 and the abolition of Resolution 350 of 2019 because it felt concern of shortcomings, in view of the weak control exercised in the catch and discharge of fish in the country.

A spokesman for the organization said:

“This resolution promotes the fishing of threatened species of sharks and rays; species considered of high importance to the health of marine ecosystems and hence to the food security of coastal communities.”

The list includes at least five endangered species that cannot be marketed (Sphyrna lewini, Sphyrna mokarran, Sphyrna zygaena, Carcharhinus falciformis, and Alopias pelagicus), according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Red Book of Fish in Colombia.

Diego Gil, a Colombian marine biologist and Ph.D. in marine science, director of research operations at Texas A&M University in Galveston (EU), said the studies used to determine this quota should be disclosed, as in many other places, these species are protected, Especially some like Carcharhinus falciformis.

Other species of the genus Sphyrna (hammerhead sharks) are listed in Appendix II of the CITES (CITES), which will control their export, for which a license from the Ministry of Environment will be required, according to the expert.
Specifically, the Ministry of Environment asserts that under Resolution 1743 of 2017, Article 335 of the Criminal Code was prohibited by forming a crime and that the above decision does not authorize this practice or permit the export of shark fins.

Andrés Ortíz, a fisheries consultant in Aunap, confirmed that the practice of fins is banned in Colombia and explained that sharks should reach the port with their fins attached to the body. However, Diego Gill considered this a difficult problem to control.

Although the Ministry of Environment has issued a statement indicating that the protection of sharks is a priority for the Government of Colombia, the truth is that there is a lot of uncertainty about how these quotas are actually addressed.