According to the environmental agency Ibama, this shipment was destined for countries in Asia, where shark fins are highly valued. Soups of traditional Chinese cuisine are prepared from them. The cost of one kilogram of fins can reach $1,000.
To get almost 29 tons of fins, poachers had to capture about 10,000 blue sharks (Prionace glauca) and shortfin makos (Isurus oxyrinchus). It is noteworthy that its directed mining is prohibited by Brazilian law.
In late May, Brazil listed the mako shark as an endangered species. The initiative follows a landmark decision made at the Conference on International Trade in Threatened Species in Panama in November to protect some fifty species of sharks that are hunted by poachers for their fins.
The largest shipment of shark fins so far was intercepted in 2020 in Hong Kong. Then the authorities seized about 26 tons. The value of the cargo was estimated at more than $1 million.