barrells6Contrary to the common media myth concerning sharks being de-finned, Australian and Taiwan sharks are brought to market whole for sale. The fins must be intact when the shark arrives.

Price for this boneless fish was on special at AUD $2 kilo. Shark meat is processed into fish balls and crab sticks and other phony sea products. This is becoming increasingly necessary as the world fish stocks slowly (or rapidly) reduce.

In future we will eat more new shark (aka seafood) products without knowing it is shark.

Should shark meat hit AUD $20 kilo, (five to ten times the present value) that will be the indisputable sign that shark numbers are in trouble.

Meanwhile it’s a case of The Boy Crying Wolf re sharks being in rapid and serious decline. The word shark grabs media attention and therefore the myth and distortions are repeated without checks or apology.


Legislators pass tough fishing law

Any Taiwanese national who breaks provisions of the new law elsewhere in the world will still be subject to punishment in Taiwan
From: Wednesday, Dec 03, 2008

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed the Statute Governing Investment and Management of Non-Taiwanese Fishing Boats, which prohibits anyone from investing in non-Taiwanese fishing boats without a permit from the agricultural authorities

Those who make such an investment without first obtaining a permit may be fined between NT$300,000 (US$8,950) and NT$1.5 million.

Under the new law, authorities will also be able to investigate any fishing irregularities by requiring fishing boat investors to present investment details.

Any Taiwanese national found to be involved in fish laundering ― an illegal act to cover up overfishing ― could be jailed from six months to three years and fined up to NT$30 million, while those entering the fishing business overseas without a permit may be sentenced to three years in prison and fined up to NT$10 million.

Those who commit these offenses abroad are subject to punishment in Taiwan, even if the acts are legal where they take place. Violators’ catch and equipment will also be confiscated.

The bill also includes a resolution urging the Council of Agriculture and the Fisheries Agency to engage in international negotiations for a “buffer zone” so the local fishing industry can gradually adjust the average size of its tuna catch.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas sanctioned the nation’s deep-sea fishing industry in 2004 and 2005 for dodging the fishing limits by investing in non-Taiwanese fishing boats.