Shark's fin soup could be under threat. – Fishupdate.com
Shark’s fin soup could be under threat. Published: 28 September, 2006
THE growing popularity of shark’s fin soup could be curtailed following a vote in the European Parliament, it was claimed today.
Scottish National Party President and Euro MP Ian Hudghton, a
member of the Parliament’s Fisheries Committee was one of
those who voted to restrict the practice of shark finning in EU waters which sees sharks hauled on board ships to have their fins removed before being thrown back into the water, often still alive.
Earlier,Tory MEP Struan Stevenson said he received a majority support for his amendment to reduce the shark fin to body weight ratio from 6.5% being called for by the Spanish and Portuguese fishermen, to 2%.
MEPs want current rules amended to reduce the number of
sharks that can be discarded after having their fins
removed and it is hoped, they say, that this in turn will see
the practice curtailed.
Commenting after the vote in Strasbourg, Mr Hudghton
said:”We’ve heard compelling evidence that this practice is cruel, unnecessary and ultimately very wasteful. “Shark’s fin soup may well be a delicacy but this doesn’t excuse the process undertaken to obtain the shark fins in the first place.
“The EU rules that have been in force up to now are
unwieldy and riddled with loopholes, and from what
we’ve heard they are not being properly enforced
or monitored in all EU countries.
” I hope that we’re moving towards a better balance
on this sensitive issue and that perhaps consumer
pressure will ultimately play a role in curtailing this practice.”
Meanwhile Mr Stevenson said he was pleased
with the support for his amendment to reduce the shark fin
to body weight ration from 6.5% to 2%.
The Parliament voted 360 to 182 in favour of the
amendment and Mr Stevenson said the Spanish and
Portuguese were hoping to
increase the ration to 6.5%.The final
amended report was supported 483 votes to 58.
Mr Stevenson said “This shows that where there
is a strong conservation message, lots of people
“The amendment will more than half the number of
blue sharks being fished and will pretty much
ensure the survival of the species.
“During the debate Commissioner Borg said he was
against the Spanish and Portuguese position to increase
the ratio. The Commission has also announced that it intends to review the situation and it is bound to take into account the position of the Parliament vote today.”