3.1(b) Prohibition of Transactions with Shark-Finning Vessels

Effective

  • September 1, 2012
  • Effective December 31, 2022

    The July 27, 2021, amendment added a fins naturally attached requirement.

    This change is effective December 31, 2022, for all gear types.

    The text of the measure that you see on this page is current and complete. For details on how participating companies will be audited on this measure, see the audit protocol.

    December 31, 2022

Adopted

  • January 23, 2012

Amended

  • October 20, 2015
  • Amended July 27, 2021

    The July 27, 2021, amendment added a fins naturally attached requirement.

    This change is effective December 31, 2022, for all gear types.

    The text of the measure that you see on this page is current and complete. For details on how participating companies will be audited on this measure, see the audit protocol.

    July 27, 2021

Processors, traders, importers, transporters and others involved in the seafood industry shall not conduct transactions with vessels that carry out shark finning and/or do not land all sharks with fins naturally attached, if retained.

For the purpose of determining if a vessel is conducting shark finning and/or has not landed all sharks with fins naturally attached, if retained, processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry will rely upon the publicly available conclusions of investigations conducted by the RFMOs or national governments. After a period of 2 years from the date of the conclusion of the investigation, processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry can resume transactions with those vessels identified above, provided the vessels are not involved in further incidents.

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