EC finally strengthens Shark Finning Ban

Shark fins - credit NOAAThe European Council of Ministers has taken the final step toward strengthening the EU ban on shark finning.

Shark finning was banned by the EU in 2003, but there were loopholes in the regulation that allowed shark fins to be removed on-board and landed separately from shark bodies, the new associated official regulatory text requires sharks be landed with fins still attached.

Spain and Portugal, Europe’s leaders in catch of oceanic sharks, have objected to the legislation during all its phases; as with all other such legislation the real test will be in how assiduously it is enforced.

Requiring that shark fins to remain attached can also yield valuable species-specific catch data which may in the longer term help secure additional safeguards including science-based limits on shark catches. 

Shark fins image – credit NOAA

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