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In the illegal trade in shark body parts, Tamil Nadu topped

Published on March 16, 2024
Current Context: Tamil Nadu accounted for almost 65% of the illegal trade in shark body parts, according to a new analysis of seizures by TRAFFIC and WWF-India between January 2010 and December 2022.
In the illegal trade in shark body parts, Tamil Nadu topped
  • The analysis found that about 16,000 kg of shark fins were seized from 2010 to 2022, constituting almost 80% of the shark-derived products.
  • Significant volumes of shark cartilage and teeth were also seized.
  • The confiscated products were destined for Singapore, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Sri Lanka, and mainland China.
  • Other states involved in the illegal shark trade following Tamil Nadu are Karnataka, Gujarat, Kerala, and Maharashtra.
  • This illegal trade is a serious conservation threat to sharks not just in India but globally.

Question:

Q.1 Which state accounted for almost 65% of the illegal trade in shark body parts?
a. Karnataka
b. Gujarat
c. Tamil Nadu
d. Kerala
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