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To protect declining shark population shipment of shark fins banned by Jet Airways

Nov 7, 2014 16:40 IST

To protect declining shark populations and to save marine ecosystems, Jet Airways Cargo has instituted a policy against the shipment of shark fins. This decision of the leading Indian airline was revealed by a press release from Human Society International (HSI), India on 6 November 2014.

Jet Airways took the decision after HSI appealed to do so amidst the rising concern related to shark fin globally.

This environmentally-responsible decision of Jet Airways enabled it to join the group of major international carriers who are committed to protect the declining shark population and marine ecosystems.


Why ban shipment of Shark fins?

Shark as top predators are important for survival and maintenance of healthy marine ecosystem. Reports say that shark fin trade is one of the leading contributors to the decimation of shark population globally.

Shark finning is the process of removal and retention of shark fins. This removal of fins doesn’t allow shark to move effectively resulting in sinking to bottom of the ocean and die. Shark finning has increased since 1997 largely due to the increasing demand for shark fins for shark fin soup and traditional cures, particularly in China and its territories, and as a result of improved fishing technology and market economics.

Some research reports suggests that India is the world’s second-largest shark catching nation and one of the world’s largest exporters of shark fins. As per trade reports and undercover investigations, the shark fins are commonly transported from India to places like Hong kong, Dubai and China as cargo on airlines.

 

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