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Monday, January 5, 2009

Malaysian fishermen face fine over (whale) shark catch

An update on Report: Injured whale shark dies on Malaysia shore.

Good on the Malaysian Fisheries Department! I wonder how much the fine will be...?
Malaysian fishermen face fine over shark catch
Associated Press - January 4, 2009 4:53 AM ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Four Malaysian fishermen are facing fines after reportedly netting and killing a rare 23-foot-long, two-ton whale shark by accident.

The giant fish was towed shore after it got entangled in the nets. 1 of the fishermen tells the New Straits Times newspaper that the shark was still alive when it reached shore but it died shortly after from its propeller wounds.

A Fisheries Department official told the Sunday Star that the four men should have immediately released the shark since it was an endangered and protected species. He says the four have been questioned and their statements have been forwarded to the department's legal unit for further action.

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