The lack of timely, detailed reporting of national shark catches and management is a significant hindrance to ICCAT’s conservation of shark populations.

As scientists highlight the continued decline of overfished Atlantic mako sharks, we are calling on all ICCAT Parties to meet their obligation to report on catch data, including discards, and the status of national observer programs by the end of July.

As ICCAT is due this year to evaluate the limited agreement in 2017 to narrow the conditions under which North Atlantic shortfin makos can be landed, it is essential that Parties also make available information about how these restrictions have been implemented nationally.

Read our letter here.


ICCAT fishery managers aim to cap North Atlantic blue shark catch as momentum to ban at-sea fin removal grows

 Fishing nations gathered for the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have taken a small yet unprecedented step toward establishing limits on blue shark catches from the North Atlantic, but failed to act on scientific advice to do the same for the South Atlantic. Countries also mounted an extraordinary effort to strengthen the international ban on shark “finning” that was eventually thwarted by Japan and China.

Continue reading Baby Step for Blue Sharks, New Voices Against Finning at Atlantic Tuna Meeting