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SHARK FINNING POLICY

POLICY REGARDING THE PROHIBITION OF SHARK FINNING

SALICA INDUSTRIA ALIMENTARIA, an environmentally responsible company, hereby publicly states the prohibition to conduct business with operators that practice shark finning.
As defined in the Resolution 12-01 of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, shark finning implies retaining shark fins and discarding the remaining carcass while at sea. Such practice contributes to major uncertainties about the total biomass and species composition of sharks caught.
It also contravenes international rules and regulations, including:

I. The FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and its International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks.
II. The Resolutions of a number of other international marine bodies, all of which call for minimizing waste and discards.
III. Shark – related Conservation and Management Measures of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) that restrict finning, regardless of fishing vessel gear type, through a provision that the weight of fins landed cannot exceed 5% of the total shark catch on board.
IV. National laws enacted by several countries, both abolishing shark finning and requiring that fins remain naturally attached to sharks´ bodies.

Concerned about this issue, SALICA INDUSTRIA ALIMENTARIA does not endorse the practice of shark finning, which is the retention of any fins while discarding the carcass at sea. We will only purchase from vessel-owning companies that have a published policy prohibiting shark finning on board its vessels, and we will not purchase from any vessel that has been found to have finned for 2 years following the date of the most recent finding.

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