EU shark finning ban

Mar. 02/12

Last week the European Parliament began its work on the Commission’s proposal to close major loopholes in the EU ban on shark finning submitted in the fall of 2011.

The European Commission has proposed ending special permits that allow fishermen to cut off shark fins at sea and land them separately from the bodies under a legal exemption to the overall EU requirement for landing sharks with their fins naturally attached.

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Dec. 02/11

As the European Commission proposes an outright ban on shark finning, the senior vice-president of the European Parliament's fisheries committee warns fellow MEPs not to water down the plans.

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