. Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda Indonesia has finally stepped up against shark finning and announced that they will no longer transport shark fins and other shark products.
“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,” said Nazir Foead, WWF-Indonesia’s conservation director.
Despite global campaigns to create awareness on this issue, an estimated 100 million sharks are brutally killed each year.
Indonesia is still one of the world’s top exporters with around 434 tons of shark fins exported in 2012, worth around $6 million. Garuda Indonesia was responsible for 36 tons.