Call for Evidence on the Scale of Shark Fin Trade in the UK and Possible Impacts of Stricter Controls

Closed 4 Jan 2021

Opened 6 Dec 2020


The UK has a strong track record in marine conservation and places great importance on ensuring appropriate protection and management is in place for all shark species. Following the end of the Transition period we will explore options consistent with World Trade Organisation rules to address shark fin trade. In relation to this we are asking for evidence which will help us better understand shark fin trade and its impacts both in the UK and overseas. 

Why your views matter

We are seeking evidence and analysis which will inform decision making. This might, but not exclusively, include the impacts on biodiversity, environmental, social and economic sustainability and any unintended consequences nationally or internationally. Evidence can come in many forms, including numerical data, case studies, literature reviews, personal experiences, or reports and documents, whether new or historic. Please provide full references for any documentation discussed. We are looking for expert advice on the following four key areas:

  • scale of shark fin trade in the UK
  • conservation impacts of shark fin trade in the UK 
  • economic, social and cultural impacts of further restrictions on shark fin trade in the UK 
  • international issues


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Animal welfare campaigners
  • Food Business Operators
  • Food Industry
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
  • Fisheries Producer Organisations
  • Stakeholders


  • Natural environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Animals
  • Marine
  • Fish stocks
  • Marine Conservation
  • Marine fisheries
  • Protecting wildlife