The World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary in the PNA
October 27, 2011
We are proud to tell you that a PNA member country; the Republic of the Marshall Islands, is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The Nitijela, the Marshallese parliament, unanimously passed legislation this week that ends all commercial fishing of sharks in the entire 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles) of the central Pacific country’s waters. Just imagine how big that area is! It is an ocean area four times the landmass of California!

To show that they are extremely serious about this, large monetary fines will be given to anyone who is found fishing sharks or in possession of shark fins. That could cost a violator anywhere between US$25,000 to US$200,000.

There will be also a ban on the use of wire leaders, a longline fishing gear which is among the most lethal to sharks.

With this memorable initiative, the Marshall Islands have joined Palau, the Maldives, Honduras, the Bahamas and Tokelau in delivering the gold standard of shark protection and hopefully ensuring their survival!
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