Monday, August 8, 2011

The World Discovers Micronesia

Last week Shark Defenders reported that several jurisdictions and governments in Micronesia were banding together to create a 2 million square mile shark sanctuary, the largest in the world and the first created through regional agreements.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia and its four member States, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae, declared a regional ban on "the trade of shark fins and the commercial harvest of sharks" and have created a working group to develop a comprehensive approach to developing the regional plan, identifying options for funding, and implementing the plan.

This regional declaration comes on the heals of Palau protecting its million dollar reef sharks, Guam creating a shark tsunami, and Northern Mariana Islands inciting a Sharkwater Revolution.

And the world has taken notice. In the last week the new shark sanctuary has landed on the pages of the New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post. NPR also ran a story, as well as countless blogs (here, here, here, and here).

Congrats and thank you, Micronesia!

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