PETALING JAYA: Horrifying images of shark finning said to have taken place in Sabah’s Mabul island, near Sipadan island, go to show the utter lack of enforcement by the authorities there.
The pictures show many sharks in bloodied waters after having their fins removed. Sharks die after their fins are removed as they can’t balance themselves in the water.
The pictures are making the rounds on social media and have infuriated many environmentalists who lament the lack of laws and strong action against fishermen and others involved in this cruel practice.
“The whole world is watching Malaysia, especially Sabah, in terms of shark conservation,” Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia (EcoMy) Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sebastian told.
Sebastian said there had been plenty of talk about amending existing laws to protect sharks, but this agitation seemed to have lost its momentum.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek said last year that there was no need to amend the Fisheries Act.
The images were uploaded on Facebook by conservation research group Danau Girang Field Centre. It said the massacre took place specifically at Mabul island, near the Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
The group’s director, Dr Benoit Goossens, expressed outrage on Facebook, urging consumers to stop eating shark fin soup.
“The massacre has to stop! Sharks attract divers from all over the world to Sabah. It is a huge tourism industry, bringing in millions to the state.
“Sabah needs to get its own laws, ban shark killing and finning.”