20th Regular Session of the Scientific Committee

Agenda Item 6.4.1 Estimating the impact of fishing on sharks (Project 116)


As requested in paragraph 28 of CMM 2022-04[1], SC20 will review estimates of shark mortalities and risks associated with interactions with WCPFC fisheries, including the impact of WCPFC-managed fisheries on oceanic whitetip shark and silky shark inside and outside the area between 20ºN and 20ºS, and provide recommendations on mitigation methods as needed to the Commission.

[1] 28.       In 2024, and commencing periodically thereafter, the SC shall review the impact of fishing gear on sharks that are not retained, including oceanic whitetip shark and silky shark, inside and outside of the area between 20 N and 20 S, and provide advice on potential mitigation measures that would benefit such shark species.