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World's Largest Tuna Conservation Coalition Bans Shark Finning | Care2 Causes

World's Largest Tuna Conservation Coalition Bans Shark Finning | Care2 Causes

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the world’s largest tuna conservation coalition, recently passed a comprehensive resolution that will prohibit its members from supporting the shark finning industry. On Tuesday, the ISSF Board of Directors passed a resolution that will require its members to adopt written policies that prohibit the practice of shark finning and refrain from transactions with fishing vessels that engage in the practice. Shark finning is a controversial practice whereby sharks are separated from their fins while still alive and then tossed back into the sea to die. Harvesting the fins, which are a delicacy in Asian cultures, is directly responsible for 73 million shark deaths every year. The resolution, which will go into effect on June 1, 2012, is intended to urge ISSF members to strengthen their management of sharks caught in ass...

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