Sharks: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on an EU-wide ban on shark fin imports.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have raised the issue of an EU-wide ban on shark fin imports with the EU Commission on a number of occasions and continue to push for stronger controls. We also successfully led the charge to ban shark finning across the EU.

Leaving the EU will present us with the opportunity to consider whether the UK can go further in controlling the quantity of dried shark fins permitted for personal consumption.

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