Shark finning consultation March 2019

Start date: 04 March 2019
End date: 04 April 2019


This public consultation seeks feedback from stakeholders on the introducing a new requirement that would deem individual legal entities successfully prosecuted for incidences of shark finning within the last 2 years out of scope for MSC certification, and therefore not eligible to sell their catch as MSC certified.

This consultation asks for stakeholder feedback on the following options:

  • Option 1: Status quo - review shark finning requirements as part of the Fisheries Standard Review (FSR) (target release August 2021 with up to three years implementation).

  • Option 2: Option 1 combined with the introduction of a new scope requirement to complement existing shark finning requirements, implemented on a Fisheries Certification Process time frame (target release in February 2010, with six months implementation).

This consultation also asks for any alternative approaches stakeholders believe the MSC should be investigating if they are not in favour of the proposed options.

Consultation documents

This consultation has now closed.

The background information and consultation questions are in the survey

Next steps

All feedback received during the consultation period will be published on this website after the consultation closes and respondents informed. Comments will not be attributed to their author.

More information

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Consultation documents

The following supporting documents are available for this consultation.