Shark Sanctuary

Paws Up!

To the Republic of the Marshall Islands for enacting legislation to protect sharks, including banning the sale, trade, and possession of sharks, shark fins, or any other parts of sharks.

In a recent news report, it was learned that “…the Marshallese parliament, unanimously passed legislation…that ends commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles) of the central Pacific country’s waters, an ocean area four times the landmass of California.”

Photo by Willy Volk

The news report continues, “’In passing this bill, there is no greater statement we can make about the importance of sharks to our culture, environment and economy,’ said Senator Tony deBrum, a representative from Kwajalein Atoll who is a bill cosponsor. ‘I thank President Jurelang Zedkaia for his vision and support for this effort. Ours may be a small island nation, but our waters are now the biggest place where sharks are protected. We hope other Micronesian leaders will join with us to make good on our collective promise of a regional sanctuary.’”

The article indicates that the Marshall Islands have joined other countries, including Palau, the Maldvies, Honduras, the Bahamas, and Tokelau, in “delivering the gold standard of protection for ensuring shark survival.”

Take Action: Contact the ambassador from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and let him know you are thankful for his country taking a stand to protect sharks.

The Honorable Charles R. Paul
Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
2433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008-2805
Tele. No.: 202-234-5414
Fax: 202-232-3236


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