DRI seizes 8,000 kg of shark fins from Mumbai and Gujarat

Along with seizing shark fins, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) also intercepted four people. Upon interrogation, it was revealed that the fins were meant for export to China and Hong Kong

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On Monday, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) informed that they have seized 8,000 kg of shark fins from Mumbai and Gujarat which was meant for export to China and Hong Kong. The seized shark fins were meant for illicit export by misdeclaring them as dried ray skins, dried marine products, and fish maw, among others, a DRI statement said in Mumbai. Export of shark fins of all species is prohibited under law.

The statement further said,  

The DRI on September 1 seized around 8,000 kg of shark fins. In all, 3,000 kg of shark fins were seized from a godown at Sewri in Mumbai and 5,000 kg from Veraval in Gujarat. The DRI has intercepted four people in this operation, including the mastermind.”

Investigations by the DRI Mumbai unit have indicated that the entire quantity was intended to be exported to China and Hong Kong. In the market, one shark fin is worth ₹7,000.  

It has come up during the investigations that the stocks of shark fins are replenished regularly,” the statement said. 


The central government agency said that exports of shark fins are misdeclared as dried ray skins, dried marine products, and fish maw, among others, to avoid detection and circumvent prohibition. 

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