1 June 2012 – A conservation measure to prevent shark finning passed by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Board of Directors is now in effect. The measure, adopted in February of this year, requires industry participants to adopt written policies that prohibit shark finning.
Shark finning is the act of removing a shark’s fin while discarding the carcass at sea. Shark finning violates the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries as well as several other resolutions adopted by the FAO, other international marine organizations and national governments.
“Building sustainable tuna fisheries requires consideration for non-tuna species” said Susan Jackson, President of ISSF. “This measure calls on the tuna industry as a whole to apply the necessary pressure on vessel owners to end this practice while we engage RFMO member nations to establish effective enforcement measures.”
By September, processors, traders, importers, transporters and others involved in the seafood industry must refrain from transactions with vessels that carry out shark finning or with vessel owning companies that do not have a public policy prohibiting the practice.
For access to company specific policies on shark finning, click here.
About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. To learn more, visit their website at iss-foundation.org.
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