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Group asks Spain to act against shark finning

Group asks Spain to act against shark finning

An environmental group says it has asked Spain to act against shark finning.
Shark Alliance official Alex Bartoli says Spain catches around 50,000 tons of sharks a year and exports their fins to China where they are used in delicacy soup dishes.
Bartoli told The Associated Press that although finning has been illegal in Spain since 2002 and in the EU since 2003, the technique which discards 95 percent of the shark is still used.
The group has asked Spain to use its influence during its EU presidency to tighten law enforcement. Spain's Environment Ministry didn't immediately return a request for comment.
Bartoli says Spain's shark catch was the world's fourth largest in 2009 and it annually catches 50 percent of EU's total.