Sunday, December 12, 2010

Northern Mariana Islands considering stronger shark protections

Photo: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - According to the Marianas Variety, last week the Senate of the Northern Mariana Islands passed an amended version of an NMI House bill banning the sale of shark fins. The House bill proposed a first-time fine from $5,000 to $15,000 with no jail sentence. The Senate bill imposes a fine from $5,000 to $30,000, with a six-month jail term. The bill now heads back to the NMI House, and then if approved, to the desk of Governor Benigno R. Fitial.  Currently there are no shark protection measures in the NMI.  The Northern Mariana Islands are a chain of 14 volcanic and limestone islands along the Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific.

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