04 Dec '11, 1am

Sharks are Given a Fighting Chance as EU inches Towards Closing Finning Ban Loopholes

Sharks are Given a Fighting Chance as EU inches Towards Closing Finning Ban Loopholes

On Monday 21st November 2011, Project AWARE together with other Shark Alliance member groups enthusiastically welcomed the long-awaited proposal from the European Commission to close the loopholes in the European Union’s ban on shark finning, the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea. The Commission's support of a strengthened EU finning Ban is a fantastic milestone and the result of years of sustained pressure” Suzanne Pleydell, Project AWARE Foundation Director The proposal if adopted by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers would ensure that all sharks taken by EU vessels or in EU waters are landed with their fins still naturally attached to their bodies. Currently, special fishing permits, still granted by some Member States, allow fishermen to remove shark fins at sea, and then to land fins and bodies at separate por...

Full article: http://www.projectaware.org/update/sharks-are-given-fight...

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