Shark Ban Spreads
Source: The Fiji Times
October 10, 2011
"Fijians should stand by neighbours in the central Pacific to ensure long-lasting protection for sharks, says Sharkman Manoa Rasigatale. The veteran campaigner made the plea as the Republic of the Marshall Islands became home to the largest shark sanctuary in the world last week.
The Marshall Islands joins Palau, Honduras, Tokelau, the Maldives, and the Bahamas in prohibiting the commercial fishing of sharks in their nation's waters.
Its new legislation officially bans the commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometres of the Marshall Islands waters, an area equivalent to the size of Mexico.
"Fiji is home to a high diversity of sharks and many of these species are threatened with extinction globally," said Mr Rasigatale, a member of CORAL's Fiji shark sanctuary campaign team."
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