The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

            A charity registered in Scotland - RegNo:: SC039015

12
Dec

European Shark Plan

SSACN as a member of The Shark Alliance welcomes the release of the EC’s consultation document for a Community Plan of Action (CPOA) for Sharks which addresses the plight of sharks and proposes a range of options for improvement.

The Commission document is now subject to a two-month stakeholder comment period and we urge everyone to take this opportunity to help safeguard Europe’s most depleted shark species and start a new era of responsible shark fishing.”

The document proposes many elements promoted by The Shark Alliance, including catch limits, attention to endangered species, measures to strengthen the ban on shark finning, means to regulate and reduce bycatch, and educational programs to promote awareness among fishermen and the public.

The document is open for comment until February 15 and will be further developed throughout 2008. It is expected to be offered as an official Communication to the European Council and Parliament by the end of the year.

The consultation document can be viewed here.

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