European Union Closes Loopholes in Shark Finning Ban
As NMFS considers weakening the US regulations on Shark Finning, the European Union Closes Loopholes in Shark Finning Ban. Shark Stewards will be collecting comments and support for NMFS to keep the Federal Shark Conservation intact as it was intended.
BRUSSELS (June 6, 2013)- The EU Council of Ministers today formally adopted a strengthened EU ban on shark finning, the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea.
The need to strengthen the 2003 EU finning ban has been debated for years. The European Commission issued a proposal in November 2011 to require that fins be left naturally attached to all sharks brought to port. In November 2012, the European Parliament voted 566-47 in favour of the related report. Today, the Council of Ministers accepted the text agreed with Parliament, confirming the position fisheries ministers adopted in March 2012, and concluding the process to establish a new EU regulation.
The Shark Alliance, which has been campaigning on this issue for years, congratulates EU fisheries ministers, the European Parliament, and the European Commission for achieving an agreement that finally closes all loopholes in the EU finning ban, and thanks the many groups and individuals who worked for such an outcome.
The regulation will come into force seven days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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