Saturday, September 07, 2013

Pacific Islands Forum Wraps

The future looks bright in the Marshall Islands.
I just returned home from the Marshall Islands after attending the 44th Pacific Islands Forum.  The focus of this year's meeting was climate change and a Majuro Decree on Climate Leadership was agreed and signed.  My role was to promote the important work the Pacific is doing on shark conservation, especially in the Marshall Islands.  I have posted photos from the meeting to The Saipan Blog Facebook page.

The shark twins
I was helped in this endeavor by my friend and coworker, Luke Warwick.  We met with delegates from across the Pacific and ran into some old friends.  My favorite six degrees of Saipan Blog moment came when I ran into Roland Quitugua chatting with Joe Iosua.  You guys know each other?  Small ocean, indeed!

Luke and I also managed to talk to a few reporters about the great work the government of the Marshall Islands, particularly the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority, is doing to implement and enforce their shark protections.  Here is some select media:
Tiny state big on shark protection, New Zealand Herald.
Syndication: Islands Business, Pacific Islands News Association.

Marshall Islands sends message with disposal of confiscated shark fins, AFP.
Syndication: South China Morning Post, Taipei Times, Australia Network News,, Taipei Times, Raw Story, Bangkok Post, Yahoo, The Sun Daily, MSN, Asia One, Talk Vietnam, The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Hanoi Times, Vietnam Times, Arab Today, Navegalo, RTL.

Pacific ramps up shark protection as Asian demand for fins drop, Radio New Zealand International.
Syndication: PIDC East-West Center.

China’s Anti-Corruption Crackdown is Saving Sharks, International Business Times.

Shark fin demand drops as Chinese government cracks down on spending, Australia Network News, print and live radio interview.

Shark fin decline linked to China corruption crackdown, AFP.
Syndication: Radio Australia, Australia Network News, The Malay Mail, Yahoo, MSN, South China Morning Post, Borneo Bulletin, China Daily, Asia One, The Himalayan Times, The Standard (Hong Kong), Asia News, Khaleej Times, Pakistan Daily Times, Islands Business,, Pacific Islands News Association, Rappler, Bangkok Post,, New Straits Times (Malaysia), Jakarta Globe, Bikya News, Star Africa, The Sun Daily, Fiji Times, Business Standard, Manila Times, Sina English, several Chinese and Vietnamese language outlets.

China Corruption Crackdown Leads To 70 Percent Drop In Shark Fin Demand, Economy Watch.

Shark fin soup off the menu: China’s crackdown on extravagant banquets gives sharks a second chance, The Independent.

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