HONOLULU (KHNL) - A U.S. Coast Guard boarding team seized 15 pounds of shark fins aboard a fishing vessel in the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone Thursday.
A Cook Islands Ministry of Fisheries officer and the Coast Guard boarding team conducted a fishing vessel inspection about 2,200 miles south of Hawaii. The boarding team found shark fins aboard a 71-foot fishing vessel from San Diego.
According to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1996, it is a violation to have shark fins aboard any U.S. vessel.
The seized fins will be taken to National Marine Fisheries Service specialists to determine if a formal Notice of Violation will be issued.
In July 2008, U.S. and Cook Islands government officials signed the law enforcement agreement. It's main purpose is to detect illegal activity at sea, such as fisheries offenses, illict maritime drug traffic and illegal migration.
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