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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:17 AM

American Samoa bans shark fishing in hopes of stopping decline of marine population

Source: Associated Press

American Samoa bans shark fishing to save species
The Associated Press Associated Press
Posted: 11/14/2012 10:02:47 PM PST
November 15, 2012 6:3 AM GMT Updated: 11/14/2012 10:02:48 PM PST

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa—American Samoa is banning shark fishing in its waters in hopes of stopping the population's decline.

American Samoa is among a number of Pacific islands to record a dramatic drop in shark numbers. Sharks are often harvested for their fins, which typically end up in restaurants as shark-fin soup.

The rules taking effect this week make it illegal to catch or possess sharks within three nautical miles of the shoreline. The ban extends to three species of reef fish.

Doug Fenner, who monitors sharks for the Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources, says the rules cover most of the territory's coral reefs and will prevent shark trafficking.






Read more: http://www.contracostatimes.com/environment/ci_22000031/american-samoa-bans-shark-fishing-save-species

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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:26 AM

1. Good and courageous of them. n/t

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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:49 AM

2. Why did they wait until there was such a noticable difference?


I'm glad they finally did this.

K&R!

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