— GEORGINA WIERSMA, AUGUST 06 2012
Major fishing nation bans thresher landing and sale based on Indian Ocean Tuna agreement
Washington, DC. August 3, 2012. Shark Advocates International, a Save Our Seas Supported Organisation, is congratulating the government of Sri Lanka for adopting rules to protect three species of thresher sharks—wide ranging species characterized by their exceptionally long tails – in line with a 2010 agreement by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).
Sri Lanka ranks 14th in the world for shark catches. The new regulation prohibits catch, retention, transshipment, landing, storage, and/or sale of whole bodies or parts of common, bigeye, or pelagic thresher sharks, and applies to fishing vessels operating in Sri Lankan waters or the high seas, as well as those using Sri Lankan ports. The measure also mandates the careful release of any thresher sharks caught incidentally in other fisheries, and proper recording of such incidents.
“We congratulate Sri Lanka for taking decisive action to protect these particularly vulnerable shark species,” said Shark Advocates International President, Sonja Fordham.