Authorisation to export shark fins cancelled
Thursday, March 05, 2015, 03:10 (GMT + 9)
The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) clarified it will not grant authorisation to export hammerhead shark fins until the non-detriment removal ruling (DNP) is issued, an instrument that is expected to be completed within six months.
"There will be no export permits until the DNP is ready," stated Julio Jurado, SINAC director, in response to the fact that the Sea Turtle Recovery Programme (PRETOMA) questioned the permit granted to export 239 kilograms of common hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) and smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena) fins.
In Costa Rica, the SINAC is the administrative authority of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora Species (CITES) and is the agency responsible for authorizing or denying the marketing of species listed in the three appendices of that treaty.
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