Good News for Sharks

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❝ The waters surrounding the South Pacific island nation of Samoa are prime habitat for nearly 30 species of sharks and rays, and today the government took a critical step toward protecting them. At a forum to celebrate the region’s history of strong shark conservation, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi announced that the country is designating all of its national waters a shark sanctuary—the 17th such sanctuary in the world.

The regulations ban commercial fishing and the possession, trade, and sale of sharks and shark products throughout Samoa’s 128,000-square-kilometer exclusive economic zone, and prohibits the use of fishing gear typically used to target sharks, such as wire leaders. Sharks are important to Pacific heritage and healthy marine ecosystems. Yet, at least 63 million and as many as 273 million sharks are killed every year in commercial fisheries globally.

Overdue. And all credit to the nations who have made this decision. Healthy natural environments most often include predators as part of a wholistic balance. Why – in my case – I have long opposed any hunting of predators.

2 thoughts on “Good News for Sharks

  1. Meanwhile says:

    “Set your teeth on EDGE: World’s weirdest sharks and rays on the brink of extinction : From guitarfish to angel sharks the EDGE of Existence highlights the most ancient fish sinking into extinction” (Zoological Society of London) Sharks that use a whip-like tail to stun their prey, rays with saws on their faces, and river rays half the length of a bus are among the most unique species at risk of extinction according to the latest ranking from international conservation charity ZSL’s (Zoological Society of London) pioneering EDGE of Existence programme.
    The new list revealed today (4 December) ranks the world’s 50 most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) sharks, rays and chimeras – known collectively as Chondrichthyes.

  2. Carcharodon carcharias says:

    “Divers spot ‘gentle grandma’ white shark off Hawaii : Enormous white shark – believed to be one of the biggest on record – seen off Hawaii by divers who took a swim with it.” (includes video) The six-meter [roughly 20 ft] female shark is believed to be at least 50 years old and weighing an estimated 2.5 tonnes, and was reported to be “shockingly wide”, at approximately 2.4 meters [about 8 ft] across, and may be pregnant.
    “Jaws” theme

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