THE number of sharks of various species landing at the Kota Kinabalu Sabah Fish Marketing (Safma) jetty proves that these creatures are more than just by-catches, says the Fisheries Department.
They are deliberately caught and sold for a profit.
There are 50 shark and 66 stingray species in Sabah’s waters.
The only laws that regulate the industry are the federal National Fisheries (Control of Endangered Species of Fish) Regulations 1999 and Fisheries Act 1985, which are presently being amended.
The department is also in the midst of including the great-hammerhead shark, smooth-hammerhead shark, wing-head shark, reef manta, giant oceanic manta and oceanic white-tip shark in its list of protected species. – February 13, 2019.