Earth Science News  





.
WATER WORLD
EU 'loophole' allows shark finning

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only
by Staff Writers
Brussels (UPI) Dec 9, 2010
Illegal shark finning persists undetected because of loopholes in European Union regulations, a report by a conservation group says.

Finning is taking off a shark's fins and throwing the rest of the carcass back into the sea, a practice that the EU has regulated since 2003, the BBC reported Thursday.

Shark finning is banned in the EU but under present rules member states may issue special permits to exempt fishing vessels from the finning-at-sea prohibition.

Marine experts are calling for a halt to the special permits that allow fishermen to remove fins at sea.

"The waste and unsustainable mortality associated with finning pose threats to shark populations, fisheries, food security and the sustainability of marine ecosystems," Sonja Fordham of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Shark Specialist Group, said. "The most reliable way to enforce a shark-finning prohibition is to require that sharks be landed with their fins naturally attached to their bodies.

"This method is being mandated for more and more fisheries, particularly in Central and North America, creating momentum for global change," she said.

Shark fins are prized and command high prices for use in shark fin soup, an expensive, traditional, celebratory Chinese dish.

In contrast, shark meat is cheap, hard to store and takes up a lot of storage space. Finning at sea allows vessels to harvest the valuable asset while the remaining carcass is dumped.




Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics



Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
WATER WORLD
Conditioning Reefs For The Future
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Dec 10, 2010
In a world first, a new 'state of the art' climate change experimental facility has been completed at the University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station. The Climate Change Mesocosm (CCM) project led by Associate Professor Sophie Dove and Dr. David Kline from the Global Change Institute's Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory is one of the largest and most accurately controlled ocean ... read more

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  


WATER WORLD
Flood-swept Czech town turns disaster into development

Facebook co-founders pledge wealth to charity

Britain to outsource search-and-rescue ops

Colombia mudslide toll rises to 46 dead

WATER WORLD
World's First Microlaser Emitting In 3-D

EU slaps huge fine on South Korea, Taiwan LCD cartel

Google says 300,000 Android phones activated daily

High hopes and hard realities for India's 35-dollar computer

WATER WORLD
Conditioning Reefs For The Future

Mobile 'revolution' eases Pacific isolation, poverty

EU 'loophole' allows shark finning

Laos inaugurates controversial hydropower dam

WATER WORLD
Greenland Ice Sheet Flow Driven By Short-Term Weather Extremes Not Gradual Warming

It's Time For Europe To Step Up Research In The Polar Regions

Glaciers melting fastest in South America, Alaska: UN

New Research Shows Rivers Cut Deep Notches In The Alps' Broad Glacial Valleys

WATER WORLD
New Discovery About How Flowering Time Of Plants Can Be Controlled

Argentine shepherds, farmers protect forests from soy

Plants Remember Winter To Bloom In Spring With Help Of Special Molecule

Shanghai halts sale of suspected 'dyed' oranges: report

WATER WORLD
Latin America counts the cost after deadly rains

More than 11,000 people evacuated in Albania floods

Ecuador downgrades active volcano warning

Rains leave rising death toll in Colombia, Venezuela

WATER WORLD
Gbagbo's rivals demand backing of I.Coast military

Leaked US cable says China has 'no morals' in Africa

Sudan heads toward breakup

Conservationists seek legal freeze of Tanzania road

WATER WORLD
Lost Civilization Under Persian Gulf

Babies' Biological Clocks Dramatically Affected By Birth Light Cycle

Seeing The World All Depends On Differen Visual Minds

Apes Unwilling To Gamble When Odds Are Uncertain


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement