Last Monday, the nations of the European Union backed a proposal that would completely ban the practice of shark finning. The proposal still needs the support of the European Parliament before it can become a law.
The ban would require all boats in EU waters and all EU registered boats around the world to land sharks with the fins attached. The new regulations are designed to contribute to the EU’s overall attempt to promote sustainable fisheries.
Maria Damanaki, EU fisheries chief, explained that the law would “ease control and help us eradicate shark finning.” She also said that the EU is the biggest exporter of shark fins.
To learn more about shark finning and the new proposal:
- Read the full article from TheTerraMarProject: EU Bans Shark Finning
- Find out the latest from the European Parliament: Ban shark finning on board vessels, says Fisheries Committee
- Read about the negatives of eating shark fin soup: High Concentrations of Neurotoxins Found in Shark Fins
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