Environmentalists praise shark conservation in Palau, Marshall Is | Pacific Beat

Environmentalists praise shark conservation in Palau, Marshall Is

Environmentalists praise shark conservation in Palau, Marshall Is

Updated 6 November 2012, 18:22 AEST

Environmental groups working for the conservation of sharks say they are encouraged by the actions of Pacific island nations, which have set up shark sanctuaries.

A new report released this week confirms that sharks numbers and sizes are in decline, a result of the world's taste for shark fin soup. The soup is a delicacy in Asia.

Jill Hepp, the manager of the Global Shark Conservation campaign at the Pew Environment Group, says a meeting next month of the Western and Central Fisheries Commission, which manages tuna, will discuss measures to protect sharks in the Pacific.

But she told Alexandra Wake two Pacific island nations, Palau and Marshall Islands, are already leading the way in protecting these valuable ocean creatures.

Presenter: Alexandra Wake

Speaker: Jill Hep, the manager of the Global Shark Conservation campaign at the Pew Environment Group

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