Tourist snapshot shows boat poaching shark fins on Silver Banks
Samana, Dominican Republic.- A tourist on one of three tour boats authorized to visit Banco de la Plata (Silver Banks) to watch humpback whales on Wednesday released photos taken around a month ago, where a boat with dozens of shark fins can be seen in the wildlife refuge.
The local environmentalist group Eco and ½Ambiente posted the information on Facebook.
It said the tourist asked the group to wait until the end ofthe whale-watching season to post the pictures and voice his complaint, to prevent the fishermen’s reprisals against tourists visiting the sanctuary.
By law, an Environment Ministry official should be on any of the authorized tourist boats operating within the refuge during the humpback whale-watching season.
The pictures clearly shows the name of the boat: Don Manengo.
For years environmentalists around the world have denounced that type of fishing, because after they cut the shark’s fins the animal is thrown into the water, slowly drowning, and one of the reasons many countries banned the practice.
April 26, 2016
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