The act of removing a live shark's fin, and releasing the shark back into the sea.(noun)
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Use "finning" in a sentence
"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."
"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."
"Listed as Endangered are two species of hammerhead shark, often subject to "finning" - a practice of removing the fins and throwing away the body."