CMM 2022-04

Regulation Title
Conservation and Management Measure for Sharks

The objective of this Conservation and Management Measure (CMM) is, through the application of the precautionary approach and an ecosystem approach to fisheries management, to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of sharks.

  • Implement FAO International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of sharks.
  • Full utilization of shark and prohibition of finning.
  • Minimizing bycatch and practicing safe release, which includes: prohibition on using wire traces & 'shark lines' in tuna & billfish fisheries; and prohibition of deliberate purse seine sets around whale sharks.
  • Species specific requirements (Oceanic whitetip sharks, silky sharks, whale sharks).
  • Reporting requirements (data provision, e.g., shark retentions and releases by gear type and species).
  • Research (including identifying nursery grounds).