Loopholes in Measures to Protect Sharks, Limit Transshipments Withstand Protests

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Several years ago, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission adopted a measure ostensibly aimed at banning shark finning, a practice that has helped drive several shark species worldwide toward extinction. But at last month’s annual commission meeting, as the European Union (EU) proposed ways to more effectively implement the ban, China surprised the EU when it announced it believes shark finning — where fishers cut off a shark’s fins and toss the rest of the animal, which is often still alive, overboard — is perfectly acceptable under the measure.

Conservation and Management Measure (CMM) 2010-07, a revision of . . .

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