Friday, May 9, 2014

Chuuk Shark Sanctuary

According to a release from The Pew Charitable Trusts, all four of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have enacted shark protections now that the state of Chuuk has passed legislation that bans shark fishing in its waters. Governor Johnson Elimo signed the measure on May 1, 2014, and a celebratory ceremony was held on May 8, 2014 in the state capital, Weno.

Want to know more about the sharks of Micronesia? This video produced by Pew describes the three year effort to protect sharks throughout the entire region, which includes Guam, FSM, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau, and create the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary, an area of protected shark habitat nearly as large as the European Union.

The Chuuk Conservation Society and the Micronesia Conservation Trust championed the new shark sanctuary and worked with community leaders and stakeholders to ensure its creation. Now that the sanctuary is in place, these organizations will work with Pew to conduct enforcement training and continued outreach and education.

The film Sanctuary: The Last Stand for Sharks is an educational tool being used across the Micronesia region to help people understand the threats sharks face and how shark sanctuaries can protect them.

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