Outcry over baby hammerhead sharks sold at Miri market

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 21 Oct 2019

The hammerhead sharks being sold at the fish market in Miri.

MIRI: Baby hammerhead sharks are being sold openly at the central fish market in Miri city centre.

Nature lovers are upset and questioning why Sarawak fishermen are catching these sharks.

Malaysian Nature Society members in Miri have taken to social media to highlight this with pictures posted as well after finding hammerhead sharks being sold here.

The pictures showed a basketful of baby hammerhead sharks sold along with other fishes.

The Miri central fish market is located in the old Chinatown area.

The sharks are distinguished by their head that extends outwards on both sides, similar to a hammer.

The pictures were also sent to Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton.

SFC is the wildlife enforcement agency in Sarawak.

“I have referred this matter to my officers to probe, ” said Zolkipli.

He said there were certain species of sharks which fishermen still catch as they were not protected.

Checks showed that Sarawak coastal waters in the South China Sea have nine species of hammerhead sharks.

Four of these species are listed as protected wildlife.

They are Oceanic Whitetip, Smooth Hammerhead, Great Hammerhead and Wing Head.

Zolkipli said his enforcement unit would have to determine the exact species of hammerhead sharks being sold in the Miri market. – By STEPHEN THEN

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