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Angelsharks now have full protection in Canary Islands

The critically endangered Angelshark now has a safe haven in the waters around the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition announced that their populations are fully protected, through inclusion on the Spanish Endangered Species List. After several months of work preparing technical reports in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition, three species […]

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Biggest shark catchers identified

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)- Indonesia and India account for more than a fifth of global shark catches, according to the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, which published a report Into The Deep today.  EU The two countries were named as the world’s biggest catchers of sharks in an EU-backed probe into implementing a new pact to protect seven threatened species of sharks and […]

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European ban on shark finning tightened

The European Union (EU) agreed this week to tighten up an existing ban on shark finning by eliminating a loophole that allowed fisherman to still remove fins from caught shark. The ban for EU fishing crews has existed since 2003, but with special permits they were still allowed to remove the fins from shark carcasses. Ministers have now agreed with […]

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EU: Definite no to shark finning

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)- Finally shark finning is complety banned from European waters. The European parliament last Thursday called a definitive halt to the long contested practice of fishermen slicing off fins and throwing the live mutilated sharks overboard to drown. Shark finning was prohibited by the EU already in 2003 but an exemption allowed fishermen with special permits to remove the […]

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European parliament confusing on finning vote

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)- The European Parliament Fisheries Committee voted last week in “a puzzling and inconsistent manner” on a suite of amendments that form their response to a European Commission proposal to strengthen the EU ban on shark “finning” (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea). Votes on most amendments passed or failed by a narrow margin […]

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EU backs ban on shark finning

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)- European Union nations this week backed a complete ban on the practice of removing sharks’ fins before throwing the fish back into the sea to die. The EU nations said they want all boats in their waters and EU-registered boats anywhere in the world to land sharks with their fins attached. The proposals still need the support of […]

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EU: Ban on Shark Finning

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)- Good news for sharks in European waters. The European Union proposed a blanket ban on shark finning. Which means fisherman can’t also bring sharks to shore to cut off their fins. Loophole That was the loophole in the current ban on finning. In this terrible practice, the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, and […]

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