Fine and Ban
Source: Fiji Times
February 20, 2012
"SHARK conservationists in Fiji have hailed Palau's decision to fine and ban a ship caught fishing and finning sharks in its waters.
The Taiwanese vessel, Sheng Chi Hui No.7, was spotted by a Greenpeace helicopter in December during its Defending our Pacific expedition on the Esperanza, which escorted the ship to port with the Paulaun patrol vessel, PSS President H.I.Remeliik.
Veteran shark campaigner Manoa Rasigatale said Palau's actions to penalise poachers in its Economic Exclusive Zone showed concerns shared by other Pacific island states, including Fiji, on the vulnerable state of our oceans.
...The Ministry of Fisheries, with help from the Coral Reef Alliance and the Pew Environment Group, is working on legislation to turn Fiji's waters into a shark sanctuary."
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