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9
Jul
2021

Decision on North Atlantic ICCAT ban – championed by Canada, Gabon, Senegal, and the UK – stalled again

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London, UK. July 9, 2021. Conservationists are deeply unhappy that the European Union and the United States once again obstructed agreement on urgently needed mako shark protections during this week’s special Committee negotiations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Canada and seven other Parties proposed a ban on retaining seriously overfished North Atlantic shortfin makos, as scientists have long advised. The EU and US refused to go along, insisting on exceptions for continued landings of the endangered species, despite receiving only opposition in response. The resulting delay in consensus allows unsustainable fishing on this shared population to continue. ICCAT scientists estimate recovery could take five decades, even if fishing were to stop immediately.

Continue reading EU and US Impede Momentum Toward Vital Mako Shark Protections

8
Jul
2021

Decision on North Atlantic ICCAT ban – championed by Canada, Gabon, Senegal, and the UK – stalled again

London, UK. July 8, 2021. Conservationists are deeply unhappy that the European Union and the United States once again served as the main obstacles to agreement on urgently needed mako shark protections during this week’s special Committee negotiations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Canada and seven other Parties proposed a ban on retaining seriously overfished North Atlantic shortfin makos, as scientists have long advised. The EU and US refuse to go along and continue to insist on exceptions for continuing to land the endangered species, despite receiving only opposition in response. The resulting delay in consensus allows unsustainable fishing on this shared population to continue. ICCAT scientists estimate recovery could take five decades, even if fishing were to stop immediately.

Continue reading Press Statement: EU and US Impede Momentum Toward Vital Mako Shark Protections

1
Jul
2021

Here you can find the latest issue of the EU Shark Rally Newsletter.  We’re pleased to announce the first EU Member State to back the ICCAT scientific advise to prohibit the retention of makos in the North Atlantic and become our first EU Mako Champion…check out the newsletter to find out who it is! And…we’ve just released the Voices for Makos video showcasing EU citizens, politicians, scientists, divers, aquariums voice their support for the science as well.

Continue reading EU Shark Rally Newsletter Issue 5

30
Jun
2021

Mako Sharks face continued pressure – particularly from the EU fleets. While ICCAT Parties are stepping up to voice their support for a prohibition on retention of North Atlantic mako – the EU continues to promote fishing, in spite of the scientific advice to the contrary. But the call to ban mako shark retention is increasing across EU Member States!

Continue reading Voices For Makos

18
Jun
2021

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The PADI AWARE Foundation — with support from Shark Advocates International (a project of The Ocean Foundation), Shark Trust, Ecology Action Centre, Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society International, Sciaena, and Shark Project — appreciates this opportunity to express our views on proposals for addressing the depletion of one of the Atlantic’s most imperiled fish species: the shortfin mako shark.

Continue reading ICCAT 2021 Joint Statement in response to Parties’ proposals

2
Jun
2021

Here you can find the fourth issue of the EU Shark Rally Newsletter. Over the past few weeks, countries have stepped up to voice their support for a retention ban with no exceptions for North Atlantic mako sharks. While the EU continues to promote retention of mako, in spite of the scientific advice for non-retention.  We need you to make more noise! Inform your Member States, place pressure on the EU Commission, ensure the EU’s position reflects the views of all Member States.

Continue reading EU Shark Rally Newsletter Issue 4