The FFA bycatch proposal is going to be controversial because the United States will oppose restricting the use of wire leaders and several of the Asian fishing countries will oppose requiring that sharks be landed with their fins naturally attached. The science behind the silky shark proposal is not controversial; The stocks are overfished and overfishing is still occurring. The politics, however, will be a completely different story.
Even if both proposals pass, which is unlikely, they will not ensure sustainable long term shark populations. Much more work is needed. Here are our suggestions. Please retweet if you agree.
#WCPFC should (1) set catch limits for all commercially exploited sharks— Shark Defenders (@sharkdefenders) December 1, 2013
#WCPFC should (2) prohibit the retention of all threatened species of sharks— Shark Defenders (@sharkdefenders) December 1, 2013
#WCPFC should (3) support domestic laws, such as shark sanctuaries, that offer sharks stronger protections than international agreements— Shark Defenders (@sharkdefenders) December 1, 2013