NAFO banned finning in 2005, but allows fins to be removed at sea, as long as the fin-to-carcass weight ratio does not exceed 5%. Using ratios has proved difficult for enforcing finning bans, while "fins-attached" landing rules are widely recognized as best practice. The US and EU are expected to re-introduce a fins-attached proposal at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in November.
This year's NAFO meeting marks a dramatic policy change for Canada and Korea, who helped defeat the "fins-attached" measure in 2015. Overall, nine NAFO Parties voted "yes" on the proposal, Japan voted "no," and Russia abstained.
"We are thrilled that Canada has -- at long last – joined the chorus of countries supporting this cornerstone of responsible shark fisheries management," said Katie Schleit of Ecology Action Centre. "We are grateful for their enthusiastic support and hopeful that this new, national policy means that Canada will now join 30 other countries cosponsoring stronger finning bans and other safeguards for sharks at ICCAT."
Shark Advocates International is a project of The Ocean Foundation.
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SOURCE Shark Advocates International