„It is wrong to claim that the global shark population is declining
In Japan we are leading international efforts to protect threatened species


In addition, Japan has not only been providing data on shark stock assessment to the relevant international bodies but has also been encouraging the promotion of appropriate stock management methods.

Japan has been at the forefront of international efforts to protect threatened species. For example, at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) conference in 2009, Japan supported a proposal to ban the retention of thresher sharks in the Atlantic Ocean (the proposal would mean that the sharks have to be released immediately after capture). At the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission in 2010, Japan supported the EU bid to prohibit the retention of three types of thresher shark.

At the ICCAT in 2010, Japan proposed banning the retention of oceanic whitetip sharks, which was adopted. Japan also supported the EU proposals to ban the retention of hammerhead sharks and porbeagle sharks, though the latter was not adopted due to opposition from other countries.

Every country has its own dietary practices based on its particular historical and cultural background, and such matters should be discussed in a respectful way. Protecting sharks and other species requires a factual, science-based approach. This is how Japan will continue its efforts.“

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Ist zwar nicht meine Meinung, aber andere Sichtweisen / Meinungen gehören zur umfassenden Information dazu. In der Argumentation ähnlich wie bei Walen. Danach hat Japan durchaus Interesse an der dauerhaften Nutzbarkeit (Nachhaltigkeit der Nutzung) biologischer Ressourcen der Ozeane, stellt aber westliche Statistiken und den Grad der Bedrohung von Tierarten oft in Frage.