Report reveals illegal shark fishing

sharksA total of up to 24 countries would be catching sharks in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean without declaring these catches, contravening the rules of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). This was revealed in a report released on Tuesday by Oceana at the 23rd Regular Meeting of ICCAT that is being held in Cape Town, South Africa.

In its report, Oceana points out that after a comparison of 2012 data on catches reported to ICCAT, the international trade of shark fins and fishing vessels authorized by ICCAT, the conservation organisation identified two categories of countries that may not have complied with the rules of ICCAT:

  • Countries not reporting shark catches but exporting fins to Hong Kong.
  • Countries not reporting shark catches but having longliners authorized by ICCAT, a type of boat that is often used to catch sharks.

The list of the first category is headed by Guinea, with nearly 50 tonnes of undeclared dry and frozen fin shark, followed by Mauritania and the Philippines with 28 and 24 tonnes respectively, Panama and Guatemala with about 22 tonnes; EU members Italy with more than 7 tonnes of shark fins heads the list of countries that do not report their catches but have a licensed longline fleet.

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