Guinea-Bissau wants to ban shark finning

22 January 2015

Guinea-Bissau’s Secretary of State for Fisheries has launched an awareness campaign to ban shark finning (cutting fins from sharks) in the country’s seas, the Director General of the Applied Fisheries Research Centre (CIPA) said Wednesday in Bissau.

Claiming that shark finning is common practice amongst industrial fishermen, Vitorino Nahada be the shark-ray is the most affected species and “we want to see that situation change in a short time.”

“The cutting of shark fins is a harmful practice because fishermen merely make use of the fins and the rest of the carcass is left in the sea, where the animal will die,” said the Director-General of CIPA, cited by Portuguese new agency Lusa.

Nahada noted that “for eight years” the fishing authorities have been implementing a project of shark-ray monitoring in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Guinea-Bissau.

With funding from the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission, the Guinea-Bissau Secretary of State for Fisheries Wednesday gave a seminar to raise awareness, due to end Thursday, about the ban on shark finning and landing finned sharks in Guinea-Bissau.

The meeting brings together all the fishing delegates from the nine regions of the country, responsible for artisanal fishing and experts from the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP).

The Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1985 and it brings together Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. (macauhub/GW)