The trial of Kathy Tseng Chang began again in a Puntarenas court Wednesday.
In order to comply with a law requiring shark fins to remain attached to the body for export while still freeing up room in their hull for more fins, fishermen on Tseng’s boat, the Wang Jia Men, cut away all of the flesh on sharks’ bodies, leaving only the spinal column and skin to attach the fins.
Interpol released a purple alert last November to warn other countries to close up the potential loophole in their shark-finning legislation.
Randall Arauz, president of the marine conservation group Pretoma, did not sound optimistic about the ruling in a press release sent out by the organization.
“Remember that national fisheries authorities have been extremely lenient with Taiwanese businessmen involved in activities of finning” said Arauz. “The authorities aren’t afraid of being ridiculed internationally, they just fall back on their distorted policies.”