After consideration of six shark measure proposals this November, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) agreed to prohibit the retention of whitetip sharks, restrict exploitation of hammerheads and establish a process for penalizing countries not complying with requirements to report catches and reduce fishing pressure on shortfin mako sharks. Proposals to prohibit retention of common thresher and porbeagle sharks were rejected as well as a measure to strengthen the ICCAT shark “finning” ban.
“ICCAT has taken significant steps toward safeguarding sharks this week, but more must be done to effectively conserve these highly vulnerable species,” said Sonja Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International and Project AWARE partner who serves on the US ICCAT Advisory Committee. “We urge the ICCAT Parties to promptly implement the shark measures agreed this week and build on this progress by proposing complementary international safeguards for other oceans and additional shark protections,” added Fordham.
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