19 Sep '12, 2pm
A step forward on the EU shark finning ban – but with a confusing twist:
We took a huge step forward today, with the Fisheries Committee vote on the EU shark finning ban . The Committee voted to close major loopholes in the ban, which allowed some countries (namely Spain and Portugal) to land sharks with their fins already removed from their body, in separate ports, at separate times (making it very difficult to monitor whether the finning ban is being followed properly). Importantly, the Committee voted to eliminate Article 4 , the derogation allowing vessels with special fishing permits to remove shark fins on board. They also voted in favour of amendments emphasising the fact that many shark species are threatened, that the EU fleet targets sharks, and calling for better reporting about compliance with the ban.