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St. Vincent Bans Shark Finning and Parrotfish Harvesting
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, November 12, 2019 @ 07:00 AM (EST)
Source: St. Lucia News Online


From December 1st, it will be illegal to harvest parrotfish or conduct “shark fin fishing” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Shark fin fishing, or shark finning, is the practice of removing the shark’s fin and throwing the body back to sea. It isn’t known to occur in the island nation’s waters.

Commenting on the ban, the country’s Minister of Fisheries, Saboto Caesar, said: “This year we celebrate, as leaders in conservation globally, our achievements in protecting turtles, preventing the illegal trade of the Union Island gecko, and soon a ban on harvesting of the parrotfish and on shark fin fishing. Just this week we witnessed the repatriation of three of our national birds. This is an indication of successful work with the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP). St. Vincent and the Grenadines is truly Mother Nature’s Paradise.”

Read more here.

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