Thursday, November 15, 2012

American Pacific Islands Say 'NO' to Shark Trade

Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and now American Samoa have implemented laws and regulations banning the sale, trade, and possession of shark fin, effectively closing down the shark fin trade in the American Pacific Islands.  Including California, Washington, Oregon, and Illinois, a total of 8 American states and territories have closed down this unsustainable trade.  The law in American Samoa is the strongest of the eight because it explicitly bans shark fishing in territorial waters.

According to American Samoa Department of Commerce Acting Director Lelei Peau, the new "rule means that outside fishers cannot even enter American Samoa's territorial waters with any sharks or shark parts."

Shark Defenders sends a big fa'afetai and thank you to the people of American Samoa.  If you'd like to express your thanks as well, please share, tweet, and pin this graphic designed by popular Indian cartoonist Anju Sabu.  You can follow the adventures of 'The Shark' at www.ohdakuwaqa.com.

The Pew Environment Group has photos and quotes from the shark defenders who helped implement this policy.

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