Dunedin diving instructor Chris Zinsli prepares to take
part in a marathon swimming event to raise awareness of the
practice of shark finning, at Moana Pool yesterday. Photo
by Craig Baxter.
An event aimed at raising community awareness about the
practice of shark finning went swimmingly at Dunedin's Moana
Event co-ordinator Emma Young was pleased with the community
response to the swimming ''finathon'', which attracted about
45 swimmers, young and old, between 2.45pm and 6pm yesterday.
Ms Young is also recreation manager at Dive Otago Ltd, which
has been supporting the international campaign against shark
More than $2500 had recently been raised in Dunedin to
support the campaign, including through sponsored
participation at yesterday's event, she said.
The international shark-fin industry is driven by demand from
East Asian countries where the fins are the main ingredient
in shark fin soup.
Shark finning is illegal in 98 countries, including Australia
and the United States, but it is legal to remove shark fins
in New Zealand if the shark is already dead.
Critics say that the removal of shark fins is environmentally
unsustainable, and that in some cases only 2% of the shark is
used, with the rest thrown away.