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Illegal fisherment arrested for shark finning May 11, 2006

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Ten illegal fishermen were arrested today after their boat was boarded 80 miles off the Gulf of Carpentaria. When Australian Customs agents boarded the fishing boat, they found shark fins, and immediately made the arrests. The boat was south-west of Weipa, on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. Australian customs agent Matt Wardell says that the agents deemed the fishermen’s boat unsafe and un seaworthy, so they sunk her after getting everyone off board.

"The crew have been taken to Weipa or Thursday Island – the vessels and crews involved are Indonesian," he said.

"Since Anzac Day we’ve apprehended a total of 14 boats with a total of 145 crew on board – all we allege are operating illegally in our waters in that part of the world."

Shark finning, as people who read this site are aware of, is the terrible act of cutting the sharks fins off, only to through their bodies back into the sea. Fishermen do this so that they do not need to waste room with the bodies of the sharks, since all they want are the fins. It is illegal in some places, but restrictions are very limited and not common.

Sources:

ABC News Online

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