ISSF shark finning ban deadline arrives
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation is calling on all tuna processors, traders and importers to refrain from doing business with vessels that carry out shark finning or with vessel owning companies that do not have a public policy prohibiting the practice.
The ban is the final step of a sweeping measure that saw the world’s most recognized tuna brands adopting policies prohibiting the act of removing a shark’s fin and discarding the carcass at sea.
“This measure, and the support it has received from our partners in industry, puts fishing vessel owners on notice that shark finning is an unacceptable, illegal practice and continuing to engage in it will drastically shrink the market for your product,” said Susan Jackson, ISSF president. “ISSF applauds the many companies that have adopted an anti-finning policy and we look forward to that list growing even longer.”
In February, ISSF members were required to adopt written policies that prohibit shark finning.