Commission closes shark-finning regulatory loopholes

Commission closes shark-finning regulatory loopholes


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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