The ban is aimed at protecting shark populations. (Photo: iss-foundation.org)
ISSF bans shark finning
Thursday, February 02, 2012, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
A conservation measure passed by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Board of Directors will require industry participants to adopt written policies that prohibit the practice of shark finning and refrain from transactions with fishing vessels that engage in the practice.
Shark finning is the act of removing a shark’s fin while discarding the carcass at sea. Shark finning violates the Food and Agriculture Organisation 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 organisations and national governments.
“There is no room for shark finning in a sustainable tuna fishery” said Susan Jackson, President of ISSF. “We're calling on the tuna industry as a whole to prohibit this practice while we work with Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) member nations to strengthen management and enforcement measures and for national governments to follow through with implementation.”
According to the ISSF Resolution to Prohibit Shark Finning:
By June, all ISSF Participating Companies must establish and publish company policies that ban shark finning;
And 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 shark finning.
The ISSF is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. [email protected] www.fis.com
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