Sabah, a large Malaysian state, is considering banning the practice of shark finning after scuba divers threatened to boycott the country.
The Semporna Tourism Action Council proposed the ban because they believe sharks are largely responsible for the area’s booming touring industry. The council includes members of the Sabah Fisheries Department, Sabah Tourism Board, and even a representative of the World Wildlife Fund.
“Why should we contribute to the decline of a beautiful area by supporting a place, which does not protect its own resources,” one diver said.
Shark finning is not currently illegal in the state, with the exception of the one protected species, the whale shark. While a ban is on the table, the council said that if they find that shark finning can be done “sustainably” that no action would be taken.Malaysia Daily Express Photo courtesy of sharktrust.org