More Countries Follow Maldives to Ban Shark Fishing

Maldives Promotion House – Maldives is one of the countries that are desperately attempting to preserve the marine life of our Earth. In its attempts, Maldives started off conservation projects to ban the fishing of sharks and other endangered marine life.

Sharks are considered at risk worldwide due to the high demand for their fins. The fins have been known for their use in Chinese cooking with estimates rising up to 73 million being killed each year. To put a stop to the killings, Honduras and Palau, in league with Maldives, also banned shark fishing.

Even more countries such as the Bahamas have also now joined in to protect the threatened shark population. Chile has introduced a new legislation banning the practice of shark fining within its territorial waters.

While the new law does not prevent shark fishing, it makes it a legal requirement to land all sharks whole. It also prohibits detached fins on any vessel, or transferring them between ships. Currently most shark fisheries throw back the often still living fish once the fins have been removed.

There is hope that the new law will protect the 30 species of shark including the Blue shark and the Short-finned Mako which are common in the Chilean waters. Both of the species have been listed as near threatened and vulnerable on the IUCN red list of endangered species.

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