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Seized shark fins burned in Honduras

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Some 120 shark dorsal fins seized to fishermen by the navy in the Caribbean Sea are incinerated in Tegucigalpa, on Thursday. Honduras created the first shark sanctuary one year ago.

Orlando Sierra / AFP - Getty Images

Some 120 shark dorsal fins seized from fishermen by the navy before their incineration in Tegucigalpa.

The Tico Times reports that environment officials from Costa Rica and Honduras proposed protections for hammerhead sharks:

Scalloped hammerheads are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are in high demand for shark fin soup and account for about 4 percent of all shark fins in international trade.

Government delegates from the 175 CITES member countries will vote on the hammerhead and other possible shark protection proposals at next year’s meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which will take place March 3-15 in Thailand.

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