World's Largest Shark Sanctuary Declared in Central Pacific
The Republic of the Marshall Islands is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The government passed legislation to end commercial shark fishing in 768,547 square miles of its Pacific waters. The ocean area is four times the size of California.
The Pew Environment Group is spearheading efforts to establish shark sanctuaries.
“We salute the Republic of the Marshall Islands for enacting the strongest legislation to protect sharks that we have seen,” said Matt Rand from Pew Environment Group. “As leaders recognize the importance of healthy shark populations to our oceans, the momentum for protecting these animals continues to spread across the globe.
"The Marshall Islands have joined Palau, the Maldives, Honduras, the Bahamas and Tokelau in delivering the gold standard of protection for ensuring shark survival. We look forward to helping other countries enlist in this cause.”
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