The declaration of the shark sanctuary in Chuuk completes the legal framework agreed to by the members of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures. I helped negotiate that agreement along with my good friends Carlotta Leon Guerrero and Matt Rand in 2011. Prior to that agreement, Palau, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands had protected sharks. Since then, the Marshall Islands, American Samoa, Kosrae, Yap, Pohnpei, and now Chuuk have protected sharks.
It has been a fun ride, and now we get to spend the rest of our lives implementing and refining the protections. The champions of the policy, the Micronesia Conservation Trust, Chuuk Conservation Society, and my employer, The Pew Charitable Trusts will follow up with enforcement training and continued outreach and education.
|Carlotta and me|