ICCAT has before it scientific advice that could lead to groundbreaking catch limits for the world’s most heavily fished oceanic sharks: shortfin mako and blue sharks. If adopted, such measures would prompt the first such limits for European Union fleets (which have the world’s highest landings of these species) and could inspire similar measures on a global scale. Meanwhile, support is growing among ICCAT members for a stronger regional finning ban.
We’re urging ICCAT Parties to agree science-based international fishing limits for shortfin mako and blue sharks, and a ban on removing shark fins at sea.
ICCAT 2019 intervention on mako sharks
ICCAT 2019 intervention on blue sharks
Download our ICCAT factsheet: Priority Actions for Sharks
Download our ICCAT factsheet: Make time for Makos