The New Zealand Government has fast-tracked a ban on shark finning.
The new law will come into effect from 1 October.
However, Conservation Minister Nick Smith said the timetable had been brought forward after consultation with the fishing industry and the public.
It is already an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to remove the fin from a shark and return it to the sea alive.
The ban will also make it illegal to catch a shark, kill it, remove its fins and dump the carcass at sea.
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