NZ: Bid to end all shark finning by October

Ministry for Primary Industries NZPress Release

Hon Dr Nick Smith ( Conservation )
Hon Nathan Guy ( Primary Industries )

22. May 2014

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Proposal to speed up shark finning ban

A proposal to bring forward a ban on all shark finning to 1 October this year has been announced today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

“We announced a ban on shark finning earlier this year that would phase in the ban by October 2016, but in response to consultations now believe it is possible to implement a ban in October 2014,” Dr Smith says.

“This is good news and builds on New Zealand’s strong reputation for sustainability and protecting our natural environment.

“Sharks are an important part of the marine ecosystem and we need to ensure the 113 species of shark in our waters survive.”

In January this year it was announced that the first tranche of shark species would be covered by the shark finning ban from 1 October 2014, a second tranche from 1 October 2015, and that only the highly migratory blue sharks would be left until 1 October 2016.

“Instead of taking this staged approach we are now developing an option to ban shark finning in all fisheries from 1 October 2014. We will be consulting with stakeholders on this proposal from 22 May to 22 June,” Mr Guy says.

“Ending shark finning was always going to present practical challenges for the fishing industry, and there was a need to give them time to adjust.

“I’m very pleased that the industry has risen to that challenge, and worked with MPI, DOC and other stakeholders to look at options for a more rapid implementation of the ban.

“It’s important to note that it is already an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to fin a shark and return it to the sea alive. Under the extended ban, it will also become illegal to catch a shark, kill it, remove its fins and dump the carcass at sea,” Mr Guy says.

Source: NZ Government

Related Document :

Elimination of shark finning in New Zealand fisheries
Consequential amendments to fisheries regulations – initial position paper

The MPI seeks feedback from stakeholders and tangata whenua on proposed regulations for a ban on shark finning in New Zealand in line with intentions announced by the Minister for Primary Industries and the Minister of conservation in January 2014. Implementation of a ban on shark finning will require amendments to several pieces of fisheries legislation including: the Fisheries (Commercial Fishing) Regulations 2001, the Fisheries (Reporting) Schedule 6 of the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act)
current 21 May 2014

The PDF of the Discussion Paper is available HERE .

 

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  1. Sharks play a vital role in the oceans ecosystem, which if this slaughter is not stopped, could begin a chain of events that will lead to our own destruction. Saving sharks to save ourselves!

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