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This page describes the state of the program improvement in the past.
The improvement left this stage on 30 September 2014; view the current state.

Improvement overview

The MSC’s requirement is that MSC fisheries shall not engage in shark finning. Stakeholders have proposed a revision of the MSC’s current requirements concerning the information that should be used to provide assurance that shark finning is not taking place.

This would remove the possibility, at Scoring Guidepost (SG) 80 and SG100, of landing fins and carcases separately. Allowable actions would be processing / utilising sharks and landing sharks with Fins Naturally Attached (FNA).

Current status

Shark finning has been subject to a recent consultation (2011-2012) but it was not included in the scope of the Fisheries Standard Review as decided by the Board in February 2013. However, recent feedback received from stakeholders was to the effect that increasing science and management best practice supported the view that evidence from fin-to-carcass ratio methods was not reliable and that a FNA policy should be implemented.
The Board has subsequently directed the Executive to consult on this matter. The proposal for an expedited consultation has been developed as follow:
  • Continue to allow landing of fins and carcases separately at the SG60 level
  • Remove the possibility of landing fins and carcases separately at the SG80 and SG100 levels
  • Slightly broaden the definition of processing to allow for "utilisation" that includes processing.

Planned work

On 9 - 28 April, this program improvement opened for an expedited public consultation. Following this, further work will be carried out to build on the feedback and recommendations received. The outcomes from these will be incorporated into a final proposal and presented to the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and Board of Trustees (BoT) for final sign off in June.

The release of this program improvement is expected to follow the Fisheries Standard Review timeline in October 2014.