EU to Ban Shark Finning?

Written by on September 21, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
NOAA agent counting confiscated shark fins. Photo credit: NOAA.

NOAA agent counting confiscated shark fins. Photo credit: NOAA.

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:

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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