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More than 3,000 shark fins confiscated in Colombia

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More than 3,000 shark fins confiscated in Colombia

BOGOTA – Thousands of shark fins were confiscated by Colombian authorities before they could be illegally shipped to Hong Kong, officials said.

Bogota "seized 3,493 shark fins and 117 kilos of fish bladders that were en route to Hong Kong", environmental ministry head Carolina Urrutia said.

The haul highlights the continued demand for shark fin, served at wedding banquets in some Chinese communities and falsely believed to have medicinal properties.

The fins, removed from 900 to 1,000 sharks measuring up to five metres, were found on Friday in five boxes in Bogota's busiest airport El Dorado.

Taken "more than three species" of shark, the fins were likely harvested in "illegal fishing", said Urrutia, condemning "the irreversible environmental damage to Colombia's marine ecosystem".

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