The Bahamas steps up to shark conservation challenge.
July 5, 2011
The Institute applauds the government and people of the Bahamas as the Bahamas Department of Fisheries announced on July 5, new protection for sharks within their Exclusive Economic Zone. In the late 1990s the Bahamas prohibited longline fishing in order to protect sharks, which are worth more to the local economy as living tourist attractions. The new law builds on this by adding a specific ban on the export of shark products, such as fins. “The Bahamas has always been a leader in global shark conservation and sustainable use,” said Dr. Demian Chapman, the Institute’s assistant science director. “The new law cements their position and will ensure that the healthy shark populations living in these clear blue waters will be safe for generations to come.” Dr. Chapman has worked on shark biology in the Bahamas since 1996, and provided key scientific information to government officials at the launch of the Pew Environment Group/Bahamas National Trusts campaign that led to these new regulations.
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