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World's Largest Shark Sanctuary Opens: Marshall Islands

Animals  (tags: sharks, marine animals, human predation, human consumption, human overpopulation, shark fin soup, Asia, conservation, preservation, humane protections, ocean animals, flesh consumption must cease )

- 2812 days ago -
Legislation created the reserve by outlawing commercial shark fishing in the islands' vast waters and forces those who accidentally catch sharks to release them. Selling sharks or shark parts on the islands is also now illegal.


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 9:48 am
Thank you Rooibos

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Wednesday October 5, 2011, 10:58 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 1:03 pm
That's great news - especially the fines if someone is caught with sharks/parts! Thank you for posting this!

IE Ries (237)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 6:40 am

I am very happy that the citizens of the Marshall Islands made this decision - they are leaders in the world!

The only concern I have is with the enforcement of laws as that requires policing resources, both in terms of officers and equipment. The Chinese "fish pirates" responsible for depleting the waters of poorer nations of all marine creatures keep getting away with their crimes - because it's illegal to steal - because these nations don't have the policing resources available to pursue and prosecute the offenders. The Chinese rely on this fact, and it is, for example, why they try to steal living animals away from the nation of Mozambique while they wouldn't dare go a little further south and try that off the waters of South Africa (because the South African navy has already fired upon their vessels without hesitation for poaching infractions in international waters).

I hope that if the Marshall Islands does require any policing assistance to enforce THEIR conservation laws, they get it...whether through the UN, or Sea Shepherds, or whomever will step up to do what is right, simply because it's the right thing to do!
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