The Shark Trust has awarded Richard Benyon, UK Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries, a Shark Champion Award in recognition of his personal commitment to shark conservation and the UK government’s tireless resolve to end the removal of shark fins at sea.
The EU banned shark finning throughout the EU fleet in 2003, but a loophole permitted the provision of permits for the removal of shark fins at sea, requiring the retention of the carcasses under an excessive and complicated ratio system. Last week the European Council of Ministers finally adopted the best practice for finning ban enforcement: requiring sharks be landed with fins still attached.
Following the announcement Ali Hood, director of conservation for the Shark Trust said: “At long last, we are mere weeks away from seeing the EU convert its shark finning ban from an embarrassment of loopholes to a model of best practices. Implementation of the new ‘fins-attached’ regulation, particularly in the EU’s far-reaching, high volume shark fisheries, represents a momentous step forward for shark conservation.”