[Coral-List] Shark finning in eBay

Barry Russell Barry.Russell at nt.gov.au
Thu May 5 23:34:08 EDT 2011

In response to Sarah's information on the sale of sharkfin cartilage products on ebay, the company manufacturing this is Seagate Products, a San Diego Company: http://www.seagateproducts.com/shark-fin-cartilage.html

They claim to have "been processing shark fins and shark cartilage for human consumption since 1981." Seems like they have not heard nor have any real understanding of the global threats to sharks through the shark fin industry.  Except in Hawaii and Washington State it is perfectly legal to sell shark fin products in the US.  If you really want to help ban shark products in the US see this website:

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From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Sarah Frias-Torres
Sent: Thursday, 5 May 2011 11:18 PM
To: coral list
Subject: [Coral-List] Shark finning in eBay

[Apologies for cross-postings]I'm not sure if this is relevant to Coral-List, as managed by a US-government institution, but...
In eBay, if you type "shark fin" and go to "Dietary products" you find two posts selling shark fin cartillage. This comes directly from shark finning.Here is the linkhttp://health-beauty.shop.ebay.com/Dietary-Supplements-Nutrition-/19259/i.html?_nkw=shark+fin&_catref=1&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_fln=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282to the shark biologists in this list, folks in conservation groups or those with eBay accounts, would they please contact eBay and let them know why selling shark fin products is so wrong, and ask to have the posts deleted?Thanks

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Schmidt Ocean Institute Postdoctoral FellowOcean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) 1420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949 USA Tel (772) 467-1600http://www.teamorca.orghttp://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres

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