headhonchoII wrote:The fisherman claimed it entered their nets by accident. It's a symptom of a wider problem of overfishing.
Yes, he was probably telling the truth.
A Taiwanese fishing boat was impounded by South Africa in 2009 with an illegal load of shark fins (from 'finned' sharks):http://www.allvoices.com/news/2731001/s ... shark-fins
And another one caught by pirates off Somalia the same year. What the fuck
are Taiwanese boats doing out there, eh? Could it possibly be because African waters are so lawless they can do whatever they like? Got a little dose of their own medicine, anyway.
As far as I know, virtually nothing has changed since then: A Taiwanese boat was caught (by Greenpeace) off Palau just recently, finning sharks in a protected reservation; the Taiwanese are still renowned for activities in international waters (and poorly-regulated areas) that would be illegal within a national EEZ. Just google "Taiwanese" and "illegal fishing" if you want a list.
Yes, I know, virtually everyone else is at it too (mainland China has an even worse reputation). That doesn't make it right.