Central America united against shark finning

Agreement by Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) to ban the practise of shark finning and to control the trade of shark fins is now effective

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
3rd January 2012

 A new resolution underlines Central America’s united stand against the practise of shark finning.
The Reglamento Regional OSP-05-11 has become effective on January 1st, 2012.
The regulation aims to establish regional management measures for the sustainable use of sharks.
It also stipulates that the sharks must be landed with their fins naturally attached to the body.
The import and export of shark fins must be accompanied by documentation issued by competent authorities to ensure that they are not a product of finning.

Last year, the Regional Regulation OSP-05-11 was signed by the ministers of the following eight countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
You can download a PDF of the document (in Spanish language) with all the additional details here.

 Source: OSPESCA



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