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<div class="quote-block">The manager of one Sheung Wan wholesaler, who asked not to be named, said traders were beginning to feel the impact of the environmental campaign.<br>
"Sales are dropping and I think that is down to the campaign," he said. The manager's firm sells between three and four tonnes of shark fin a month.<br>
"The wholesale price has dropped by about 20% over the past two months, although there are always fluctuations so it's too early to tell if this is a lasting trend."<br>
Charlie Lim, a shark fin trader, is receptive to the message on sustainable fishing but accuses some campaigners of hypocrisy.<br>
"The Chinese tradition of eating shark fin will be maintained, but will increasingly come from sustainable fisheries," says Lim, a prominent member of Hong Kong's marine products association.<br>
"Chinese people and traditions do make an easy and readily identifiable target for largely western campaigners.<br>
"But many western campaigners who are seriously interested in promoting the sustainable use of sharks should look more closely at their home fisheries and the 'boneless' fish products that their children may be eating from the supermarket."</div>
At this point any sign of improvement is good news, if environmental groups keep pushing maybe it could be a lasting change.

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I agree, Werewolf Girl. Any reduction in animal product consumption should be applauded, regardless of the reasoning. But I wonder if a reduction would actually take place if their ultimate goal is to merely make shark consumption sustainable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
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