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South Africa fisheries official chimes in on MSC’s ‘inconsistent’ shark finning policy June 11,2019   |  Source: UCN

The deputy director of South Africa's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has highlighted her department's signing of an anti-shark finning letter recently addressed to the CEO of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The letter, coordinated by SharkProject and signed by 58 organizations from around the world, including from academia, retail, fisheries, and NGOs, calls for MSC to take measures to ensure its shark finning policy is effectively enforced.

The deputy director-general of fisheries management of DAFF said the letter addresses the "inconsistent manner in which the MSC standard is being applied with regards to shark finning".

MSC's policy on no finning in tuna fisheries means consumers "must be able to interpret [that] as meaning that finning is not taking place in certified fisheries".

South Africa has outlawed shark finning in its tuna longline fishery.

The letter notes in the fishery of the Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA), there were 429 observed incidences of finning from 2012-2015. Yet the fishery was awarded a score on the relevant indicator of 80, which indicates it is highly likely no shark finning is occurring.

The Tri-Marine fishery, where there were 21 reported incidents, received 75, meaning it is also likely


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