Bahamas become fourth country to ban shark fishing
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The Bahamas on Tuesday approved a law banning shark fishing in its waters, along with selling, importing and exporting shark products. This makes the Bahamas the fourth country to ban shark fishing, joining the Maldives, Honduras, and Palau. The 630,000 sq km of water around the Bahamas has now become an official .
The ban is welcomed by many, including environmentalists. The President of the, Neil McKinney, spoke about the issue saying, "They desperately need protection if we're not going to drive them to extinction." Deputy Prime Minister also commented on the ban: "This is in keeping with the government's commitment to pursue conservation policies and strategies in order to safeguard the marine and terrestrial environment."
However, some feel that the ban will affect relations with China. is highly popular in China, with around 73 million sharks killed every year. To prepare shark-fin soup, the , and the body of the shark is thrown back into the water. A report published by the found that shark populations have fallen by 70 to 80 per cent, with a third of all shark species being threatened or nearly threatened by .
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