Costa Rica creates new loophole for landing shark fins

Costa Rica’s National Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA) has created a new loophole for landing shark fins by allowing foreign vessels to completely cut off shark fins and then land the fins tied onto shark bodies, instead of attached in natural form. The new loophole contradicts the new Costa Rican Fishery Law, passed April 25, 2005, which requires shark fins to be landed attached to their respective bodies.