Shark-Finning Ban Considered

Over 50 countries meet to discuss

Ryan O'Hanlon

Representatives from more than 50 countries—including the U.S.—are meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week to discuss a shark-finning ban and a global shark-conservation plan. With shark fins worth up to $740 per kilogram and shark meat much less valuable, the fins are often cut off and the carcasses then dumped back into the ocean. Shark finning is banned in the European Union and 60 other countries, but still, in many of these nations, permits can be obtained for on-boat shark finning. The plan, which would close certain loopholes, is being discussed and refined this week as part of the memorandum of understanding on Conservation of Migratory Species. A decision is expected by Thursday.

Via The Guardian