ICCAT 2021: Shark League Position Statement

Date: November 16, 2021

Top Priority: Protect North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks

The 27th Regular Meeting of The International Commission For The Conservation Of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – 15-23 Nov – is the fifth consecutive annual meeting during which Parties will grapple with ICCAT scientists’ advice for reversing the dangerous decline of North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks.

Conservation action to prevent collapse of the exceptionally slow growing, seriously overfished North Atlantic shortfin mako population is long overdue and increasingly urgent.

The Shark League urges ICCAT to take the following actions at the 2021 annual meeting:

  • Ban all retention of makos and agree a precautionary recovery framework
  • Commit to allocate the South Atlantic blue shark TAC by 2023
  • End at-sea removal of shark fins
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