|Yap State includes two dozen coral atolls and raised coral islands stretching across approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles) of Western Pacific Ocean.|
Pohnpei and Yap, two of the Federated States of Micronesia, or FSM, are moving to declare their waters shark sanctuaries. Each state’s senate has voted to ban the fishing, sale, trade, and possession of sharks within its waters. The governors of each—John Ehsa of Pohnpei and Sebastian Anefal of Yap—are expected to sign the measures into law. With these new shark protections in place, Chuuk would be the only FSM state to allow shark fishing.
|Angelo Villagomez of The Pew Charitable Trusts with Mary Linda Salvador and Eugene Joseph of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei.|
|The islands of Pohnpei are ringed by coral reefs. Sharks play an important role in maintaining healthy reefs. Protections allows sharks to fill their ecological niche as apex predators, helping to maintain ocean health.|
|The Federated States of Micronesia patrol their waters and regularly arrest illegal fishing vessels. This vessel was apprehended for fishing without its VMS|
Map: Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary
Note: Once Chuuk and the national government of the Federated States of Micronesia implement a sanctuary, the regional sanctuary will stretch across about 6.5 million square kilometers (2.5 square miles) of Pacific Ocean.