Garuda Indonesia has earned praise from The World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia (WWF-Indonesia) for taking a proactive stance in protecting the world’s shark populations now under severe threat from over-exploitation.
The national flag carrier of Indonesia has banned the transportation of shark’s fin on all flights.
The ban that took effect form October 8, 2013, saw Garuda Indonesia join a growing list of international airlines refusing to transport shark products. Included in the list of airlines joining the crusade are Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airlines, Fiji Airways and Korean Air.
As reported by The Jakarta Globe, a statement issued by Nazir Foead, conservation director for WWF-Indonesia said: “WWF-Indonesia commends this move by Garuda Indonesia, Their policy to cease transporting shark fin products is a positive step that should generate further momentum in the shark conservation movement.”
Prior to the ban, Garuda transported an estimated 36 tons of sharks fin each year.
Indonesia is a leading producer of sharks fins, the result of a rampant and wasteful slaughter of shark populations across the archipelago.
“Save our Sharks” is an initiative of WWF-Indonesia in cooperation with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
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