Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Famous in French Polynesia, Too

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meets in Manila
Last Thursday, French Polynesia announced on the floor of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission they were fully protecting all species of shark in waters under their national jurisdiction.  Take a hard look along the left edge of this file photo from AFP, and you'll see me playing Angry Birds on my phone. 
French Move Boosts Shark Sanctuaries

PARIS — Green campaigners on Friday hailed a decision by France that they said would create the world's biggest shark sanctuary.

On Monday, the government of French Polynesia included the mako, the last shark that was not protected in its waters, on the list of fish banned from capture or trade in its vast territorial zone in the South Pacific.

The move was announced on Thursday at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Manila, where nations also agreed to take steps to protect whale sharks from tuna nets.

"At more than 4.7 million square kilometres (1.5 million square miles) of ocean, this designation doubles the size of the area already protected by all six existing shark sanctuaries," said Josh Reichert, head of the Pew Environment Group.

But, he said, "sharks are threatened throughout much of the world's oceans, and there is a great need to protect them before they slip below levels from which they may never recover".

1 comment:

Brad Ruszala said...

Isn't that where Danny LaRusso took down the Cobra Kai?