Marine life producers are calling for an end to the indiscriminate culling of marine animals by countries like the Philippines.
The marine industry, which employs thousands of people in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, has been pushing for an international moratorium on culling since last year.
The United Nations says it will begin a review of the use of marine animal products in December.
But a group of marine conservation groups is calling for the international community to “end its support of the slaughter of marine life.”
The group’s chairman, Richard Gwynne, told The Associated Press that there is a clear link between the use and trade of marine meat products and the overuse of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals.
“The demand for these products and their use by those who use them is directly linked to the spread of antibiotic resistance,” Gwyne said in a statement.
“If these animals are not being used for food or for recreation, we have no right to make them a commodity.”
The groups has been working with other organizations to bring the marine industry on board with its calls.
The Marine Conservation Society and the Marine Biological Association of the United States, along with several others, have been calling for a moratorium on commercial hunting and fishing of marine mammals, including marine reptiles and fish.
They say there is little evidence that hunting or fishing kills any species of marine mammal, and that the use or sale of marine products is responsible for a substantial number of marine deaths.
The groups says the current culling programs have caused significant suffering to marine wildlife and that these species should be protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
The organizations also argue that the slaughtering of animals for food is a significant environmental harm that is being ignored.
“This has gone on for many decades,” said Gwynn.
“It’s been an absolute disgrace to marine mammals.
The species that are being slaughtered for food have been killed by humans for decades.”
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the federal government’s wildlife programs, has also been vocal in its support for a ban on commercial fishing.
However, President Donald Trump has said he is open to allowing fishing in areas where there are no marine life.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the groups call.