According to the web page found at http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=10-2009&day=14&id=34183&l=e&country=0&special=&ndb=1&df=0, "Sharks caught by UK vessels must now be landed with the fin attached. Shark finning regulations will be strengthened by new permit controls, announced UK Fisheries Minister Huw Irranca-Davies.
Special fishing permits allowing the removal of shark fins at sea for English, Welsh and Northern Irish registered fishing vessels will no longer be given. Scotland also plans to stop issuing these permits to its boats. Mr Irranca-Davies believes the initiative will set an example for the globe.