27 Apr 2011

Calls in Fiji for shark finning to be stopped

11:18 am on 27 April 2011

There's a call for shark finning in Fiji to stopped to save the reefs.

Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins and the discarding at sea of the rest of the fish.

Fiji Live reports that Beqa Adventures Divers director, Mike Neuman, says sharks play important roles in local marine ecosystems and are worth more alive than dead.

He says the main reason tourists visit Fiji is because of its intact marine habitats.

He says if the oceans are destroyed, the country risks losing countless jobs and 55 per cent of GDP.

Mr Neuman says there have been instances in which local fishermen had targeted sharks specifically for their fins.