Resolution C-21-06

Regulation Title
Conservation Measures for Shark Species, With Special Emphasis on the Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis), for the Years 2022 and 2023
  • Continue long-term sampling to improve data collection. 
  • Prohibits retention of silky sharks on purse seine vessels. Incidental catch to be released alive; if frozen, must be surrendered and donated for domestic consumption.
  • On longline vessels, silky shark incidental catch must not exceed 20% by weight of total catch. If exceeded, use of steel leaders prohibited for three months. Silky sharks <100cm limited to 20% of total number caught per trip.
  • CPCs to require collection & submission of silky shark catch data.
  • Avoidance of pupping areas.
  • Resolution not applicable to vessels <12m that do not deliver to motherships.
  • Research to focus on identification of pupping areas & bycatch mitigation techniques, including post-release survival related to soak time, circle hooks & safe handling practices.

Amendment to Resolution C-19-05.

This Resolution shall be reviewed by the scientific staff and at the meeting of the SAC in 2023, in order to evaluate the adequacy of the measures of this Resolution.