Current stage:

Issue Prioritisation Development Selection Implementation

Improvement overview

In December 2011, the MSC Board of Trustees resolved that shark finning (the removal of a shark’s fins and disposal of the remaining carcass at sea) is prohibited within MSC certified fisheries.

Current status

In March 2020, we are adding a scope requirement so that entities successfully prosecuted for shark finning in the last two years will be out of scope for MSC assessment and cannot be certified.

We are removing the interpretation on ‘systematic’ shark finning. Conformity Assessment Bodies (an independent organisation that determines whether a fishery complies with the MSC Fisheries Standard, also known as CABs) will have to assess fisheries on the shark finning requirements within the Fisheries Standard alone.

Planned work

Find out how we are also addressing shark finning within the Fisheries Standard Review.

Available documents

No documents are currently available.