EU shark finning ban comes into effect

argylesock says… At last! Progress with the shark finning ban. It’s not worldwide yet, but it should be. At least we’re putting our own house in order. Sharks and rays are fished in European waters, more I think than most people realise. Here’s what the European Commission says about shark fisheries around the world.

The Coastal House

News article from fishupdate.com:

All sharks caught in European waters or by European vessels will have to be landed with their fins still naturally attached. Celebrating the arrival of the long-awaited, strict EU ban on shark finning, Oceana welcomed the new EU regulation’s entry into effect.

It ends nearly a decade of battle by conservation groups to close several enforcement loopholes that had weakened the previous EU policy. In particular, an exemption used only by Spain and Portugal had allowed some vessels to remove shark fins at sea, which made it extremely difficult even to detect when finning had occurred.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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