ICCAT 2016 – Blue Shark on the agenda 16th November 16

fiona-ayerst-3PORTUGAL // The 20th meeting of ICCAT, the Atlantic high-seas management body, is running this week. ICCAT2016 presents the Shark Trust with an exciting opportunity to secure long-overdue management for Blue Shark, our flagship No Limits? species.

With Blue Shark accounting for the majority of reported shark landings globally, and as the dominant species within the shark fin trade, precautionary, science-based management is key to a sustainable future.

However, we can’t do this alone.  The Shark Trust will be collaborating on the ground with partners Project AWARE, Ecology Action Centre and Shark Advocates International – working to persuade the 51 Parties (50 countries and the EU) to adopt science-based catch limits, and follow-up on ICCAT’s acknowledgement that in 2015 there was majority support within the Parties for landing sharks with Fins Naturally Attached.

Your help is invaluable too – not only as a supporter of the No Limits? campaign – but also to make your support known. While we are restricted from reporting on daily discussion until the meeting closes we can work together to keep the profile high for our No Limits? species!

Please show your support on social media using hashtags #ICCAT2016 #NoLimitsNoFuture #finsattached #catchlimits and retweet/share Shark Trust posts.

Thank you

ICCAT FAQ

WHAT is ICCAT?

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas – an international organisation responsible for the conservation of tunas and ‘tuna-like species‘ in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas.

Who is ICCAT?

ICCAT represents 50 countries and the European Union – they are known as ‘Contracting Parties’.

What has ICCAT got to do with Sharks?

ICCAT is responsible for tuna and ‘tuna-like species’ – that includes nine species of shark.

Is ICCAT a big deal?

Yes! ICCAT is responsible for fisheries throughout the North and South Atlantic, as well as the Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas.  That’s more than 85.5 million square miles.


Why Are Limits Needed?

No Limits?

No Future!

In 2012 over 280,000t* of
sharks were reported landed
globally. The actual total
catch is likely to be 3 to 4
times higher
. EU vessels are
responsible for just over
40% of the reported
landings.

*roughly equivalent to 21,000 double decker buses.

Reported EU Landings

Atlantic & Med | To the nearest 100 Tonnes
Rollover sharks for numbers | 2000 - 2012

* conservative estimate of number of individual sharks based on reported landings

Over 97%

Of sharks caught and landed from the
Atlantic and Med are No Limits? species (2012)
(>6,400,000 sharks - conservative estimate based on reported landings)

92% Blue Shark

Percentage of reported Blue Shark landings from the Atlantic attributed to the EU fleet (2012)

(> 89% attributed to Spain)

A typical pelagic longliner sets:
3000 hooks, on 200 longlines, up to 60 miles long

Longline Fishing Boats

The largest EU shark fisheries are fished by pelagic longliners targeting tuna and swordfish.

Over
88%

of longline catches can be sharks.
In coastal waters trawlers and gillnets
also catch sharks in substantial
numbers

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Sign the petition and support the Shark Trust's call for an end to uncontrolled shark fishing. No Limits? No Future.

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Atlantic
Shark Landings

121,370
124,140
98,894
97,751
96,776
86,932
91,998
97,073
99,876
105,858
123,576
138,739
139,736
84,709
88,149
67,871
66,871
67,518
57,332
56,549
61,300
64,254
72,285
90,152
102,502
105,527
37,432
32,473
28,345
30,416
31,534
31,938
35,853
41,393
46,698
52,801
71,746
87,694
91,329