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  • n. The act of removing a live shark's fin, and releasing the shark back into the sea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The last throes of a whale in dying. See to fin out, under fin, intransitive verb


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  • The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the IUCN Shark Specialist Group recommend that shark finning is banned in all national waters and international waters through the requirement that all sharks be landed with their fins naturally attached.

    Biodiversity 100: actions for Asia

  • According to the conservationists, finning is exacerbating a crisis in global shark populations, some of which have already plummeted by more than 90% since the advent of industrialised fishing.

    Shark Populations in Sharp Decline | Impact Lab

  • Listed as Endangered are two species of hammerhead shark, often subject to "finning" - a practice of removing the fins and throwing away the body.

    British Blogs

  • Listed as endangered are two species of hammerhead shark, often subject to "finning" - a practice of removing the fins and throwing away the body.

    British Blogs

  • Earlier this year, the House passed legislation to crack down on shark finning, which is now pending in the Senate, and previously a resolution calling on the International Whaling Commission to remain firmly opposed to commercial whaling.

    Michael Markarian: Aquatic Accommodations

  • Other Ontario cities, such as Oakville, Brantford and Mississauga - as well as the U.S. states of California, Oregon and Hawaii - have already enacted bans on the fins, which are sometimes violently sliced off sharks as part of a controversial method known as "finning."

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • In a process known as finning, the fins are cut from the body of the shark, which is then thrown back into the sea to die. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • In a practice called finning, the fins of the sharks are removed while they are still alive. News of the Underwater World

  • "finning" - cutting off a shark's fins while it's still alive, then throwing it back into the sea to die.

    The Guardian World News

  • In late 2010, the presidents of Honduras and Palau challenged other world leaders at the United Nations to join them in working to ensure healthy global shark populations by establishing additional sanctuaries and ending the practice of "finning," or the slicing off of a shark's fins only to discard the animal, leaving it to die at sea.

    Matt Rand: Turning the Tide to Protect the World's Sharks


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