Cape Verde: Authorities seize 500 kilograms of sharks threatened with extinction

SOS is launched to protect the national environment.The Cape Verdean authorities announced today the seizure, in the fall of the city of Praia, of two sharks of an endangered species, totaling 500 kilos, which were captured by an unregistered vessel without a fishing license.

According to the Ministry of Maritime Economics quoted by Lusa, the seizure took place on Tuesday in a joint operation of the Inspection and Quality Assurance Unit (UIGQ) and the Maritime Police (PM) at Praia’s fishing pier.

At the time, the two large sharks, with 500 kilograms in total, of the species Albafar (Hexanchus griseus) were seized.

According to the same source, the inspectors of the UIGQ and the agents of the Maritime Police identified the fisherman and the owner of the vessel, prepared the arrest warrant and opened the administrative infraction proceedings.

“Although not a species on the list of prohibitions, this apprehension is aggravated by the discovery that sharks have been subject to finning, a practice prohibited by law,” the Cape Verdean government said in a statement.

This week, the Movement Against Pollution of Cape Verde (MCPCV) warned of the capture of this type of sharks, indicating that they were quartered, the fins removed and sold in the Port of Praia.

According to Lusa, the movement also said that this marine species should not be eaten due to age and the presence of heavy metals, being “easily identifiable through analysis and extremely harmful to health.”

The MCPCV said on its official Facebook page that the Albafar shark is one of the most mysterious creatures in the ocean and that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has it on the list of species almost endangered.

Cape Verde SharkThe basking shark can reach 8 meters in length, sometimes plunges to 2,000 meters deep and it is possible that they can live up to 80 years of age, continued the MCPCV, which intends to change the law, making the capture of this type of shark is illegal.

The same environmental group says a study by the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences shows that a live shark can be worth almost two million dollars for tourism.

The MCPCV is made up of several Cape Verdean non-governmental organizations, professional fishermen and divers, researchers, biologists, among other national and international environmentalists.

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