Oriental Daily HK: Hundreds of Thousands Shark Fin on the Street, 6 Mar 2012
Translation extracted from facebook (provided by Jools Farrell)
“Ten thousand shark’s fin covered with Street Western District tourist hot spots “seafood street” adjacent to an unexpected shark fins drying yard, smell the sky tourism blemish. Outside the Western Wholesale Food Market, a few days ago was nearly ten thousand shark’s fin covered with a length of more than fifty meters footpath dried send bursts of odor, foreign tourists photographed the wonders of the pictures, but a large number of sharks were brutally murdered, and tourist attractions Lane caused pandemonium, very upset. The FEHD yesterday after the newspaper referred officers to the scene inspections have been the owner issued a warning.
Fung Mat Road, nearly ten thousand shark’s fin covered street spectacle. (Readers)
Last Thursday, the last name of a Soviet truck drivers started delivery when passing through off the Western Wholesale Food Market, Fung Mat Road, found on the pavement covered with shark’s fin will be longer than 50 meters to the layout too dense, and even shark fin Shop out the road lay-bys and roadside parked transport shark fins trucks. Send bursts of odor, but because the shark’s fin and a lot of pedestrians need their noses.
The shark’s fin sent the lorry.
Period, the number of overseas visitors to the seafood Street tourist passing by there, see this screen wonders of the numerous pictures taken, and the front of nearly ten thousand shark’s fin, a nearly 10,000 sharks have been killed, very upset. In addition to the above address, Connaught Road West, near the trunks of most trees, under bridges and along roadsides, but also to see was sun in the open or with plastic baskets containing shark fin.
“Raw goods” without the handle to be dried
According to seafood Street merchants said, revealed that shark fin is believed to be with the bones and skin “raw goods” has not been treated to cause the imported with moisture, and thus should be dried; As for the “raw goods” shark fin subject to go skin, boneless, and decontamination procedures, again dried, become a “raw goods” for sale. Near the petrol station staff refers to the site from time to time issued by the use of the road drying shark fins, they also smell the shark fin fishy odor. Central and Western District Chan Choi-hi said, drying a large number of shark fins at the site is undoubtedly the obstruction, and promote the FEHD and the Police to step up inspections, to the persons concerned to give a warning or prosecution.
180 shark species survival threatened
The World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong Branch Marketing Officer (shark project) the Pan Wanyao refers to had heard Fung Mat Road in the sun shark’s fin, it is estimated that the batch of shark fin in Hong Kong, processing, and then re-exports of Mainland. Hunting sharks is an increasingly serious threat of marine ecology, threatened 15 years ago, only the survival of the 15 shark species and their close relatives, but has surged to 180 varieties.
Executive Director of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, Joseph Tung, said, drying shark fins on the ground will certainly impede the appearance of the city, also reflects lack of government departments to inspect and urge the Government to strengthen law enforcement. Also known as the Travel Industry Council Chairman Ronnie Yuen, Fung Mat Road footpath change of shark fins drying yard, wrong practices.
FEHD spokesman said that the newspaper referred to yesterday inspections of the site, found that the drying shark fins on footpaths, warning the owner not to take up the pavement and hinder the department to clean the streets, they would be prosecuted, the owner will be followed by the removal of shark fins.”