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Will fisheries’ pledge remove catch-22 that endangers sharks, rays?

Provisions in revised recertification process aim to hold the industry to do better, but may not be enough

Senior reporter

A last-second objection to the recertification of SA’s deep-sea hake-fishing industry may have put the brakes on the slow march to extinction for endangered sharks and rays.

In November, environmental watchdog Wildtrust submitted a formal objection to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the SA hake-trawl fishery on the grounds that the industry was not paying enough attention to its ongoing impact on shark and ray populations.

In its objection, Wildtrust raised concerns that the hake-trawl fishery had not implemented sufficient measures to mitigate “significant risk” to these species...

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