Taiwan shipping firm's shark fin ban welcomed

WWF-Hong Kong has hailed the decision by TS Lines to ban shark fin shipments. Gavin Edwards, director of conservation at WWF-Hong Kong, said Taiwan was the third largest importer of shark fin, according to 2016 data. Edwards estimates that about 80 percent of the shipping industry have now made commitments to not carry shark fin.

WWF-Hong Kong will soon provide guidelines to shipping company staff to help them recognise and detect attempts to send shark fin cargoes.

"It could be something that's mislabelled as something else, it could be some ports that we know are high-risk ports where more shark fin enters into the logistics chain – these are the kinds of things we'll be identifying," he said.