Shark fins seized during raid, fisheries investigate

A RAINBOW Beach Shark Control Program contractor is being investigated by their own government department after shark fins and other contraband were seized during raids of properties in the area.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has confirmed the contractor was one of four people under investigation.

A spokesperson from the department told the Chronicle no charges had been laid.

The spokesperson said under Queensland legislation, anyone taking a shark fin must also keep the body of the shark while at sea.

"These rules are in place to act as a deterrent to targeting these animals for their fins alone," they said.

"The prohibition on shark finning is a key component of measures that aim to deliver sustainable management of shark."

The spokesperson highlighted the consequences for breaking the state laws.

"Shark finning is illegal in Queensland and strict rules are in place to provide protection to breeding adults and discourage any potential for black marketing of shark and their fins," they said.

"The practice of finning sharks and dumping their bodies at sea is illegal in Queensland and severe court penalties in excess of $100,000 can be imposed."


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