Industry-backed coalition bans shark finning
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation on Wednesday passed on conservation measure prohibiting all of its industry participants from shark finning.
According to the ISSF Resolution to Prohibit Shark Finning, by June all ISSF members must establish public policies banning shark fining. By September, processors, traders, importers, transporters and other involved in the seafood industry must refrain from transactions with vessels that carry out shark finning or with vessel owners that do not have a public policy banning shark finning.
“There is no room for shark finning in a sustainable tuna fishery,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “We’re calling on the tuna industry as a whole to prohibit this practice while we work with RFMO member nations to strengthen management and enforcement measures and for national governments to follow through with implementation.”
According to ISSF, shark finning violates the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries as well as several other resolutions adopted by the FAO, other international marine organizations and national governments.