Happy World Oceans Day Everyone!
Over the past months, we have sent hundreds of letters in support of shark and sea turtle protection, and it seems like we are making an impact! The comments we submitted are having an effect. The certification company has had to extend the release of the final report until the end of July and said “Given the considerable quantity and nature of comments received during the Public Comment Draft Report (PCDR) consultation phase, review is taking longer than previously anticipated.“
There were a number of long stakeholder submissions sent in as well, including a strong letter from the American National Marine Fisheries Services criticizing Canadian fisheries management!!!
If the MSC doesn’t make the changes we want to see, we will keep up the pressure, ask retailers to boycott longline swordfish despite the MSC label, reach out to more experts and high profile individuals to add their voices, and work on more ways to draw attention to what is happening on the water. I will keep you up to date, but in the meantime, enjoy World Oceans Day and thank you for your help so far!