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  • European Union Closes Loopholes in Shark Finning Ban

    In June 2013, the Shark Alliance celebrated the final formal adoption of a strengthened EU shark finning ban by the EU Council of Ministers. 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. Read more

    Appello Agli Europarliamentari Italiani: No Al Taglio Delle Pinne Degli Squali –Senza Alcuna Eccezione!

    In vista del voto al Parlamento Europeo sulla modifica del Regolamento sul finning, chiediamo a tutti gli Europarlamentari italiani di sostenere il divieto di rimozione delle pinne degli squali in mare, senza alcuna eccezione.

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    The European Commission

    In November 2011 The Shark Alliance welcomed the proposal from the European Commission for closing 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. Continue Reading →

    Overwhelming support for ‘fins attached’ in European Commission consultation

    In 2010-11 The European Commission carried out a public consultation on options to amend the existing EU Finning Regulation Continue Reading →

    2010 European Parliament calls for ‘fins attached’ proposal

    Four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs): Jean-Paul Besset, Chris Davies, Sirpa Pietikäinen, and Daciana Octavia Sârbu, from the ALDE, EPP-DE, Greens-EFA and S&D groups launched a Written Declaration on shark finning on 20 September 2010. The Declaration asked the European Commission to deliver a proposal to ban at-sea fin removal.

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    UK makes the push for sharks

    The UK is a strong supporter of closing the loopholes in the EU ban on shark finning. On 8th August UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP demonstrated this support by diving into the shark tank at Sealife London Aquarium.
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    European Shark Week 2011

    European Shark Week, from the 15th to 23rd October 2011, proved to be one of the most successful shark weeks to date. Continue Reading →

    Make the Push Petition

    In 2011, 165,000 people signed a petition in support of our call on fisheries ministers to fulfill the commitments of the Shark Plan and support the proposal to close the loopholes in the EU finning regulation.

    European Parliament votes at last for stronger shark finning ban

    In November 2012, the Shark Alliance welcomed the European Parliament’s vote to close loopholes in the European Union ban on shark finning. After years of debate, 566 Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of a report endorsing the European Commission’s proposal to require that fins be left naturally attached to all sharks that are brought to port. Read more

    Kay Swinburne, MEP

    Kay Swinburne, MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, [UK] showing her support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Sirpa Pietikainen, MEP

    Sirpa Pietikainen, MEP from the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats, [Finland] showing her support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Karin Kadenbach, MEP

    Karin Kadenbach MEP from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, [Austria] showing her support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Jim Higgins, MEP

    Jim Higgins, MEP from the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) [Ireland] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Mikael Gustafsson, MEP

    Mikael Gustafsson MEP from the Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left Group, [Sweden] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Catherine Bearder, MEP

    Catherine Bearder MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Member Group, [UK] showing her support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    American Elasmobranch Society

    In a letter to Martin Schultz, MEP and President of the European Parliament; the American Elasmobranch Society added their support to the European Commission’s proposal to strengthen the EU ban on shark finning by prohibiting all removal of shark fins on-board fishing vessels.

    Read the full version here

    L’équipe ASPAS (Association pour la protection des animaux sauvages)

    Alors que plus de 80% des espèces de requins a été décimées ces 10 dernières années, l’Europe se pose encore la question de les protéger…

    L’association ASPAS se mobilise aux côtés de Shark Alliance pour que la nouvelle réglementation européenne décide enfin d’interdire le finning.

    Robert Calcagno, Directeur général de l’Institut océanographique de Monaco

    “Si les requins venaient à disparaître, l’équilibre des océans en serait gravement affecté. Or, la bonne santé de nos océans est indispensable à l’avenir de l’Humanité. Protégeons-nous, protégeons les requins !”

    Armelle Jung from Des Requins et des Hommes.

    ‘Des Requins et des Hommes’; Action Research for Elasmobranch Conservation and Integrated Management between Stakeholders.

    “DRDH fully support the reinforcement of the EU regulation prohibiting finning in Europe.”

    “DRDH ne veut plus aucune exception au débarquement des requins avec leurs ailerons attachés.”

    Mario Catania, Ministro delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali

    Il Ministro delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali – Mario Catania – ha ricevuto il libro fotografico della Settimana europea della Squalo con le foto degli eventi organizzati dai membri di Shark Alliance e le firme raccolte in Italia. Il Ministro Catania ha espresso il suo pieno supporto al rafforzamento del divieto europeo sul finning, richiedendo che tutti gli squali vengano sbarcati con le pinne naturalmente attaccate al corpo.

    Humane Society International works with supporters to spread the Protect Sharks message to MEPs.

    More than 19,000 compassionate EU citizens across the 27 Member States  joined with Humane Society International in asking MEPs to increase protection for sharks by voting for a fins naturally attached without exception policy.   The messages are being delivered to MEPs this week as HSI continues to meet with MEPs and encourage them to have their photograph taken with a large “Protect Sharks” banner, as in the photo above.

    Image: Sabine LÖSING MEP from the Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left Member [Germany]

    Pascal Kobeh, Underwater Photographer

    Since 1996 Pascal Kobeh has been working as a professional photograph, shooting underwater and terrestrial wildlife. Over the years, he has won numerous awards and published several books. For five years he was the head of photography on the J. Perrin and J. Cluzaud’s movie ‘Oceans’, shooting all over the world, in the seven seas and oceans.

    Pascal is a friend of TENDUA and he is joining us to “MAKE THE PUSH!” in favour of  shark protection.

    UK Fisheries Ministers united for ‘fins attached’

    The fisheries ministers of the UK, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland joined Shark Alliance member group, the Shark Trust, in writing to all UK MEPs urging them to support the commission’s proposal for ‘fins naturally attached’ with no exceptions.

    Click here to read the letter

    Keith Taylor and Jean Lambert, MEPs

    Keith Taylor and Jean Lambert MEPs from the Greens/European Free Alliance Group, [UK] showing their support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Charles Tannock, MEP

    Charles Tannock MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, [UK] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Sabine Wils, MEP

    Sabine Wils MEP from the Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green LeftMember group, [Germany] showing her support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Richard Seeber, MEP

    Richard Seeber MEP from the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) group, [Austria] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Pavel Poc, MEP

    Pavel Poc MEP from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Group, [Czech Republic] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Emma McClarkin, MEP

    Emma McClarkin MEP from the Group of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, [UK] showing her support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Timothy Kirkhope, MEP

    Timothy Kirkhope MEP from the Group of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, [UK] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Karl-Heinz Florenz, MEP

    Karl-Heinz Florenz MEP from the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) group, [Germany] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Jo Leinen, MEP

    Jo Leinen, MEP from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament group, [Germany] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Jill Evans, MEP

    Jill Evans, MEP from the Greens/European Free Alliance group, [UK] showing her support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Ian Hudghton, MEP

    Ian Hudghton, MEP from the Greens/European Free Alliance group, [UK] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Ashley Fox, MEP

    Ashley Fox, MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, [UK] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    David Martin, MEP

    David Martin, MEP from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament group, [UK] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Carl Schlyter, MEP

    Carl Schlyter, MEP from the Greens/European Free Alliance group, [Sweden] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Chris Davies, MEP

    Chris Davies, MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group, [UK] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Kriton Arsenis, MEP

    Kriton Arsenis, MEP from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament group, [Greece] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Andrea Zanoni, MEP

    Andrea Zanoni, MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group, [Italy] showing his support with HSI for ‘fins attached’.

    Monty Halls, Broadcaster

    “No one knows what will happen if sharks are eradicated, but two things are absolutely certain. One, the way things are going at the moment they will be eradicated and two, the  effects will be absolutely profound.

    It’s a pivotal moment in the history of this animal and in our history in terms of trying to protect it. Action needs to take place now. Future generations will look back on our generation and say ‘how could they let this happen? How could they let this animal be wiped out from the oceans?’ Action is required right now to save one of the most magnificent animals in the sea.”

    Andy Torbet, Extreme diver and TV presenter

    “With such poor enforcement on the high seas, it’s essential that anyone breaching the regulation can be easily identified. Fins Naturally Attached is the simplest route to an effective shark finning ban.”

    Professor Alex Rogers, Lecturer in Conservation Biology – University of Oxford, Department of Zoology

    “To maintain the balance of the marine environment, we need to strive towards sustainable management supporting Fins Naturally Attached is a crucial step to achieve this goal.”

    Paul Rose, Explorer and BBC presenter

    “If we tighten up the regulations we can say that fins can only be taken when the shark is landed complete. It still sounds pretty brutal if we’re fishing sharks but we can manage the numbers and have proper quotas. At the moment with the lax laws, people can unbelievably still cut a fin off a shark and let it die at sea and you can’t control the numbers. So we absolutely have to do everything we can to support Fins Naturally Attached.”

    Scottish MEP Alyn Smith

    On Wednesday 17th October MEP Alyn Smith, an SNP member of the European Parliament showed his support for strengthening the EU finning ban by diving with sharks at Deep Sea World aquarium in North Queensferry.
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    L’aquarium de Lyon

    Les requins et leurs amis de l’aquarium de Lyon dans le même bain pour sauver leurs congénères de massacres inutiles.

    “Toute l’équipe de l’aquarium de Lyon veut que la nouvelle réglementation européenne sur le finning exige de débarquer les requins en entier”

    “Fins Attached” in New Plan for Global Shark Conservation

    In September 2012, Government representatives from 50 countries gathered for the first meeting of signatories to the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks. Participants adopted a new conservation plan suggesting that sharks should be landed with their fins still attached in order to prevent shark finning. Read More Here

    Tendua, France

    L’association TENDUA, membre de SHARK ALLIANCE, se mobilise pour changer la législation européenne sur le finning, encore trop laxiste à ce jour.

    Les eurodéputés EELV

    Les eurodéputés EELV se mobilisent contre la découpe des ailerons de requin. “Il faut arrêter ce massacre et protéger notre biodiversité.”


    Contre la découpe des ailerons de requins by EurodeputesEE

    Patrice Héraud, President of SOS Grand Blanc

    Patrice Héraud, photographer, author of the book ‘Le Grand requin blanc, du mythe à la réalité’ and President of SOS Grand Blanc.

    “L’homme et le requin peuvent parfaitement cohabiter avec un minimum d’éducation et de prévention. Mais à la condition de leur en laisser le temps.”

    Enric Sala, Ph.D., Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society

    “Keeping the fins attached to the animal also greatly enhances opportunities for observers and scientists to collect species-specific data on shark catches. Such information is vital to shark population assessment and management.”

    Enric Sala, Ph.D., Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society, letter to the European Commission, February 2011.

    Esther de Lange MEP

    Esther de Lange MEP EPP joined Dutch angelrs and NGO’s on a
    shark tagging trip calling for support for the conservation of sharks.

    Judith Merkies MEP

    Judith Merkies MEP receiving results form ESW2009 and a petition calling for MEPs to sign the written declaration, from Shark Alliance Policy and Outreach coordinator Netherlands, Irene Kingman and EU Coordinator for the Shark Alliance, Martin Clark.

    Gerben Jan Gerbrandy MEP

    Gerban Jan Gerbrandy MEP receiving results form ESW2009 and a petition calling for MEPs to sign the written declaration, from Shark Alliance Policy and Outreach coordinator Netherlands, Irene Kingman and EU Coordinator for the Shark Alliance, Martin Clark.

    Gerben Jan Gerbrandy MEP:  ”MEPs have a key role to play in the protection of these magnificent animals. I hope all MEPs listen to the majority of European voters and support Fins Naturally Attached.”

    Joint letter signed by 16 Italian NGOs addressed to Italian MEPs Antinoro, Rivellini and Milana

    Joint letter signed by 16 Italian NGOs sent on September 17th and addressed to Italian MEPs Antinoro, Rivellini and Milana, members of the Fishery Committee with the aim to ensure their support to strengthen the EU finning ban and to support the Commission’s Proposal.

    Sonja V. Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International, former Shark Alliance Policy Director, proud citizen of the US and Finland.

    “Prohibiting fishermen from removing shark fins at sea is widely acknowledged as the easiest, most reliable way of preventing shark finning.  It is high time the EU joined the US in using this best practice and promoting it worldwide.”

    Alejandro Aguilar, PhD. Professor at the University of Barcelona and Pew Marine Fellow

    “Landing sharks with naturally-attached fins is not only the best way to ensure effective enforcement of the finning ban but also improves species-specific data collection, critical for population assessment and effective management of sharks.”

    Gabriel Morey, member of IUCN shark speciallist group

    “Sharks are being overfished around the world. At the present time, when we all know that they are highly threatened, it is illogical to permit fishing practices that increases their risk of extinction. And finning is maybe the perfect example of how man wastes the resources. Then, the EU should implement “fins naturally attached” policy as a basic step towards sustainable fisheries of sharks.”

    Zoological Society of London

    The ZSL Marine and Freshwater staff support the vote for fins naturally attached legislation.

    Sergi Arola, Celebrity Chef Spain

    “Una de las experiencias mas excitantes de mi vida ha sido bucear con estos majestuosos e increíbles animales.”

    “One of the most exciting experience of my life was to dive with those majestic and incredible animals.”

    German Elasmobranch Society (Deutsche Elasmobranchier-Gesellschaft e.V.)

    “Prohibit on-board removal of shark fins as proposed by the Commission and reject the Rapporteur’s amendments to widen the loopholes in the finning ban” Continue Reading →

    Isabella Lövin MEP, Sweden

    “More and more nations around the world are using successfully the “fins naturally attached” approach in their fisheries, which is widely accepted as the best practice for enforcing finning bans. It would be a disgrace if the EU fails to set this standard for its own waters and fleets”. Continue Reading →

    Rebecca Harms MEP, Germany

    “The currently lenient finning ban allows fishermen to fin sharks undetected and unpunished. The Commission has proposed the best and least costly way of ensuring that finning is banned. But rapporteur Neves’ report and amendments would widen instead of tightening the loopholes in the finning ban, which is unacceptable. The Fisheries Committee should join the Council in approving a fins naturally attached policy.” Continue Reading →

    French Green MEPs

    Twelve French Green MEPs joined the Shark Alliance in supporting a fins-naturally-attached policy: François Alfonsi, Yannick Jadot, Yves Cochet, Malika Benarab-Attou, Hélène Flautre, Catherine Grèze, Sandrine Bélier, José Bové, Karima Delli, Michèle Rivasi, Jean-Jacob Bicep and Nicole Kill-Nielsen.

    Ludovic Hoarau and Stéphanie Sorby, French île de la Réunion

    Pour que la protection des requins rayonne dans tous les océans, Ludovic Hoarau et Stéphanie Sorby de l’île de la Réunion, et membre de l’association Diony-Bulles, soutiennent le renforcement de la réglementation sur le finning en Europe.

    Eva Joly MEP, France, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

    French MEP Eva Joly joined Nicole Aussedat of the Shark Alliance to make the push for sharks. Eva Joly is a member of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance.

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    Dr. Pascal Deynat, sharks specialist, author of “les requins. Identification des nageoires” (QUAE)

    “Massacrer les requins pour faire un potage de leurs ailerons est aussi stupide que de préparer une soupe à base de rognures d’ongles. Gandhi avait raison en indiquant que l’on reconnaissait la grandeur d’une nation à la manière dont les animaux y étaient traités.”

    Claire Nouvian, Bloom Association

    “Il est symptomatique de voir qu’à l’heure où le gouvernement chinois interdit la consommation d’ailerons de requins dans les banquets officiels, l’Europe peine à adopter un règlement aussi élémentaire et indispensable pour la sauvegarde des requins que celui proposé par la Commission européenne. Que certains élus européens défendent des intérêts privés au point de bloquer la construction du monde désiré par les citoyens et impérativement dicté par la crise écologique est à la fois irresponsable et indigne de leur mandat politique.” Continue Reading →

    Global momentum for ‘fins attached’

    Twenty-five of the 27 Member States of the European Union apart from Spain and Portugal are in support of prohibiting on-board shark fin removal.  Most U.S. and Central American fisheries operate under a fins-attached policy.  Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela require that fins remain attached through landing while Taiwan is in the process of phasing in a recent fins-attached rule.

    International Organisations

    Each United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries since 2003 has urged States to ban shark finning. Continue Reading →

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), founded in 1948, is the largest professional global conservation network with more than 200 government and 900 non-government member organizations. Continue Reading →

    Giuseppe Notarbartolo, Leading shark scientist from Italy

    “After decades of abusive and unsustainable fishing of sharks globally, it is simply unthinkable that an institution such as the European Union could abstain from implementing with extreme urgency the most basic of measures such as the one which will be voted on 19 September this year. As an European citizen I would be ashamed of anything short of full acceptance of the rule of landing sharks with fins attached, given that I would greatly prefer that sharks were not fished at all. Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara”

    Denmark

    As the country holding the EU Presidency in the first half of 2012, Denmark played a key role in facilitating some of the final stages in the long process to strengthen the EU ban on shark finning. Continue Reading →

    Alex Bartolí – Shark Alliance Policy Coordinator

    “We have scientific evidence about the loss of shark populations worldwide due the overfishing. Shark population loss becomes exponentially more dramatic when the practice of finning occurs. Keeping ineffective legislation is irresponsible and harmful and we have to push for a “fins naturally attached” policy, with no exceptions, to assure that finning is not happening in the EU. ” Continue Reading →

    SUBMON

    “Fins naturally attached is the best way to assure that finning is not happening in the EU”

    Manel Gazo, PhD. Professor at Dept. Animal Biology, University of Barcelona

    “Sharks are an important part of marine ecosystems. There should be legislation for their protection. We have to make a push for a policy requiring landing sharks with “fins naturally attached” in order to assure that finning is not happening in the EU”

    Massimiliano Bottaro, President of the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA)

    “The European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) supports the “fins naturally attach” policy, as proposed by the EU Commission, as the most effective way of ensuring finning bans. The EEA calls on MEPs to vote in favour of this important proposal.” Continue Reading →

    International NGOs

    Leading international NGOs joined the Shark Alliance in a joint statement supporting ‘fins attached’, as part of the consultation on the EU finning ban.
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    France

    France ranks second among EU Member States for shark and ray catches. France does not issue the special permits that allow EU fishermen to remove shark fins at sea under the current EU finning regulation. French fishermen are therefore already required to land sharks with their fins still attached. Continue Reading →

    Oskar Slingerland, Endurance Driver

    Dutch endurance driver Oskar Slingerland showed his support for shark conservation by placing the Shark Alliance logo on the No. 64 Lotus Evora GTE in the 2011  Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. The car participated in races in Europe, the USA and China.

    The Shark Alliance

    The Shark Alliance is a coalition of more than 130 conservation, scientific, and recreational organisations dedicated to restoring and conserving shark populations by improving shark conservation policies.  Continue Reading →

    Project Aware

    We are making the final PUSH to Protect Europe’s Sharks. Continue Reading →

    Ulrike Rodust MEP

    “I support the EU Commission’s proposal without any further compromises. To finally end finning, [fishermen] should only be allowed to land sharks with their fins naturally attached” Continue Reading →

    Edurne Pasaban, Climber

    World-famous climber Edurne Pasaban joined the Shark Alliance at Aquarium of San Sebastián to make the push.

    Ania Budziak, Project AWARE Science and Policy Director

    “Join me in making the push for sharks this fall. Together, we can close the loophole in the EU finning ban. In doing so, we will take a critical step towards ending finning – the unacceptable practice of cutting off sharks fins and discarding the rest of the shark at sea”.

    Pol Goossen, Actor

    “If sharks don’t rule the oceans, there won’t be oceans left to rule.”

    Axel Daeseleire, Actor

    “Finning will ultimately finish off the shark”

    Gaynor Rosier, Kenna Eco Diving

    “I make the push to protect Europe’s Sharks and support a strong, enforceable EU shark finning ban. I had to leave EU waters in order to take this shark photograph. I urge MEPs to vote to adopt the “fins naturally attached with no exceptions” policy.” Continue Reading →

    Victor Douieb, Shark Sculptor

    “The awareness of Shark Finning is as equally as important for ourselves as it is for the sharks. Continue Reading →

    Project Aware Team – UK Office

    “Europe has one of the largest shark fishing fleets in the world and is hugely influential. It should have the most robust finning ban in place.  We support a stronger EU finning ban.” Continue Reading →

    Dr Shelley Clarke

    Dr Shelley Clarke, a fisheries scientist based in Japan, received her doctorate in quantitative fisheries science from Imperial College London in 2003 for her ground-breaking study of the shark fin trade. She spoke to the Shark Alliance about her work and why ‘fins- naturally-attached’ is the best way to implement a finning ban. Continue Reading →

    MEPs Chris Davies, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Jean-Paul Besset

    In 2010, four MEPs from the ALDE, EPP-DE, Greens-EFA and S&D groups of the European Parliament- Chris Davies from the UK, Sirpa Pietikäinen from Finland, Daciana Octavia Sârbu from Romania, and Jean-Paul Besset from France – launched a “Written Declaration” Continue Reading →

    Raül Romeva i Rueda MEP, Spain

    ”After six years of debate on strengthening the finning ban we must come to close with the best practice for enforcing finning bans: fins naturally attached with no exceptions. Rapporteur Neves’ proposal to widen the loophole will set a poorer standard than before and the most lenient in the world.”

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    Council of Fisheries Ministers

    In March 2012, the Council of Fisheries Ministers adopted a position in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to strengthen the EU finning ban by requiring that all sharks be landed with their ‘fins naturally attached’. Only Spain and Portugal opposed this move. Continue Reading →

    Scientific Support for fins naturally attached

    As the European Parliament debates the European Commission’s proposal to amend the EU regulation that bans shark “finning” (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea), many are looking to scientists and other experts for advice.

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    Julie Girling MEP

    On 8th August 2012 Julie Girling MEP for South West and Gibraltar demonstrated her support for closing the loopholes in the EU ban on shark ‘finning’ by diving into the shark tank at Sealife London Aquarium. She was accompanied by UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon.

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    Keith Taylor MEP

    “At a time when one third of European sharks are threatened with extinction, it is disappointing that EU policy introduced to protect sharks still allows for many endangered sharks to remain completely unprotected. Sharks play a very important role in our oceans and I will continue to lobby policy makers to ensure that EU laws support the conservations of our vulnerable shark species.” Continue Reading →

    Germany

    Ilse Aigner, German Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection said:

    “An important step for shark protection is to accomplish a complete ban on finning, with no ifs or buts, as proposed by the European Commission. The removal of sharks fins on board vessels needs to be completely prohibited.”

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    European Parliament Environment Committee votes 50 to 2 in favour of ‘fins attached’

    In April 2011, the European Parliament Environment Committee overwhelmingly voted to adopt a draft Opinion Report, prepared by Italian MEP, Andrea Zanoni, supporting the Commission’s proposal. Fifty members of the committee voted in favour with only two against. Continue Reading →

    Andrea Zanoni MEP

    In February 2012, Mr. Andrea Zanoni, an Italian Member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group, introduced a draft report that reinforced the Commission’s proposal to end all shark fin removal on board vessels by requiring that sharks be landed with their fins still naturally attached.

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    The Shark Trust

    The UK-based Shark Trust has been at the forefront of the fight to ban shark finning for the last 15 years. Director of Conservation Ali Hood explains the need for a tighter EU Shark Finning Regulation. Continue Reading →