On 21 November, the European Commission proposed to prohibit, with no exemptions, the practice of 'shark finning' aboard fishing vessels. Shark finning is the practice of cutting off the fins of sharks – often while they are still alive - and then throwing back into the sea the shark without its fins.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki said: "By closing the loophole in our legislation, we want to eradicate the horrendous practice of shark finnin...
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