Shark conservation in the Caribbean got a significant boost this week with the announcement of four new sanctuaries in the area.
The governments of the Cayman Islands and St. Marteen both confirmed that their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) are closed to commercial shark fishing. Additionally, Curacao and Grenada will establish similar legislation later this year.
“St. Maarten’s shark sanctuary will help to ensure that our local shark populations exist for future generations and continue to benefit St. Maarten’s marine ecosystem and ecotourism," the island nation’s Minister of Tourism, Irania Arrindell, said in a statement from PEW.
PEW worked with local governments to establish the sanctuaries, which encompasses more than 45,000 square miles. The total number of shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean will double to seven as a result.
Read more about the established sanctuaries in this release from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
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