Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Polynesia Regional Shark Sanctuary

As of 12-12-12, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, American Samoa, and Tokelau all have in place domestic measures banning the sale, trade, possession, and commercial fishing of sharks in all waters under their jurisdiction.  If you were to add up all the ocean inside of those white lines, this area would be roughly the size of Australia.  Is this the beginning of a Polynesian Regional Shark Sanctuary?  And how about Micronesia, the leaders of which recommitted last week to a regional shark sanctuary?  Is a Pacific Shark Sanctuary looming in the future?

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