• Fri
  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Updated: 12:26pm
NewsHong Kong
ANIMAL WELFARE

Council tells Cathay only two shark fisheries are sustainable

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 September, 2013, 3:53am
 

Cathay Pacific consulted the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - which certifies sustainable fisheries - early on as part of its plan to establish guidelines for sustainable fisheries.

The council certifies only two fisheries producing shark fin as sustainable: spiny dog fisheries in the US Atlantic and British Columbia. "The fins are by-products and can be used to prepare shark fin soup," spokeswoman Agnes Heng said.

However, she added: "They are not as popular because the fins are a lot smaller."

Cathay's decision not to simply align its policy with MSC guidelines - which some green groups consider not strict enough - has exasperated some environmentalists.

Kari Thomas, a New Zealand-based oceans campaigner for Greenpeace, said: "What the heck can Cathay mean by sustainable shark fin fisheries if the MSC has ruled it out?"

For its definitions of sustainable and traceable, Cathay Pacific is relying on the voluntary work of three marine experts.

Asked how credible the Cathay definitions would be compared to those of organisations like the MSC, expert Nick Dulvy said: "If you are asking if we are going to create another MSC, the short answer is no … All we can do is come up with some practical and defensible principles as to how we view sustainability and how we view traceability."

Share

More on this story

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or