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01st March 2018

Pacific history was made with the very first Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium opening in Samoa yesterday, demonstrating global leadership from the island region in protecting and conserving Pacific sharks and rays.

The world’s first regional shark sanctuary, the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary between Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands, was established in the Pacific in 2015.  

It was also the Pacific island nation, Palau that established the world’s very first shark sanctuary in 2009.

Over the course of two days Pacific Ministers are building momentum on the leadership displayed to conserve our iconic marine species.

 “We have led the world to see that the future of our countries depends on proper management of marine ecosystems, creating and capitalising on the momentum these realisations have created to ensure shark populations are finally getting the proper management they so need,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

 “Though much has been achieved, proper shark conservation and management remain a pertinent global issue. Sharks are economically, ecologically and culturally important to us Pacific Islanders, yet many populations are plummeting to frighteningly low levels.”

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