Thanks to growing awareness for animal welfare and a crackdown by the central government, Hong Kong's shark fin trade to China dropped by almost 90 per cent last year, according to new numbers released by WWF Hong Kong. The data also shows that overall, shark fin imports to Hong Kong declined by 35 percent, compared with 2012.
Says the South China Morning Post:
The figures, drawn from government statistics, show a drop in re-export volumes of 17.5 per cent. This was driven by a 90 per cent drop in re-exports to mainland China from 1.2 million kilograms [2,645,547 pounds] in 2012 to 113,973 kg [251,267 pounds]. Mainland China, formerly Hong Kong's biggest re-export market, fell to fourth place last year after being overtaken by Vietnam for the first time since 2010.
"We were very surprised when we saw this figure as the mainland has traditionally been Hong Kong's biggest re-export market," said WWF-Hong Kong senior program director Tracy Tsang Chui-chi. "We do not rule out the possibility that the central government's anti-corruption measures could have played a role in the big drop in re-exports."