Conservation of the Shortfin Mako Shark (ICAAT)

Dr. Mercedes Rosello

Dr. Rosello has produced an opinion piece on the conformity of the European Union’s position with the UNFSA concerning the Conservation and Management of North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Shark at ICCAT.

This legal opinion assesses a proposal presented by the European Union (EU) to Panel 4 of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in October 2021 regarding the management of North Atlantic Shortfin Mako (NA-SMA) against the legal framework for the application of the precautionary approach under the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (UNFSA).

Shortfin mako sharks are regularly caught as bycatch in industrial fishing, and their populations are suffering greatly as a result. To ensure a future for this endangered species, Dr Rosello calls for changes to the current measures as they are deemed inadequate for the protection of the shortfin mako. 

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