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Finning bans made simple
  
24 April 2012


  
As Europe enters the final stages of debate on a proposal to close the loopholes in the shark finning ban, find out what finning is, why the current regulation isn’t good enough and why conservationists, scientists, and an increasing number of countries in the EU and beyond support a policy of ‘fins attached’ with no exceptions.
          
     
Shark fins
Commercially, fins are by far the most valuable part of a shark. “Finning” is the practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea. Image © Oceana/Marine Photobank. 
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