PORTUGAL // 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.